Recently Rachel Maddow reported that Senator Rand Paul has been plagiarizing Wikipedia. Maddow first broke this story showing how Paul used entire sections directly from Wikipedia about a movie, Gattaca, in his speech at Liberty University. The next day Rachel Maddow did a follow up story about how Buzzfeed discovered another case of Rand Paul plagiarism where he took sections directly off Wikipedia, this time from the movie, Stand and Deliver, and used it in a speech he made on June 12, 2013.
As if all of that wasn’t enough, Buzzfeed then uncovered even more copied work in Rand Paul’s 2013 book, Government Bullies. This time, they revealed that Paul directly copied 1,318 words from a 2003 study by the Heritage Foundation. They also found sections in his book that were stolen from the National Wetlands Newsletter. The author of this stolen piece, Mark Moller, said that he had not given permission to anyone to use any part of his article.
But, as bad as all of this looks, Rand Paul sunk to a whole new low on Sunday when he attempted to defend himself on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopolous. Paul said that Rachel Maddow and the other “hacks and haters” needed to stop. He told Stephanopolous that, “if dueling were legal in Kentucky, if they keep it up, you know, it would be a duel challenge. But I can’t do that, because I can’t hold office in Kentucky then.”
[The video below has been cropped to contain only the relevant 76 seconds, but you can click on the timeline if you want to watch the full segment.]
Yes, that’s right, Rand Paul was busted for clear Plagiarism, and he’d like to clear it all up with an old-fashioned shoot out. Now, admittedly I’m not very well versed on all of the old shady patriarchal southern codes of honor, but my guess is that threatening to duel a lady was likely frowned upon.
So now we are left to wonder if Rand Paul is even capable of an original thought of his own. As a matter of fact, even the ridiculous dueling comment was lifted. Yes, seriously. Paul even stole the dueling bit. Check out this clip of Senator Zell Miller (R-GA) from the 2004 Republican National Convention….