Caught Again! Rand Paul Is Plagiarizing Full Wikipedia Articles in his Speeches

Last night on The Rachel Maddow Show, the savvy talk show host revealed another Rand Paul speech that is identical to Wikipedia entries – this time from the 1988 movie “Stand and Deliver.


Earlier in the week, Maddow had accused the Kentucky senator of ripping off large passages of Wikipedia articles and using them in speeches as if it they were his own words.

Specifically, Maddow unveiled that the speech he gave at Liberty University in Virginia in which in referenced the movie “Gattaca” was almost verbatim from sections of the movie entry:

“Due to frequent screenings, Vincent faces genetic discrimination and prejudice. The only way to achieve his dream of being an astronaut is he has to become what’s called a borrowed ladder,” Paul said.

Wikipedia read: “Due to frequent screening, Vincent faces genetic discrimination and prejudice. The only way he can achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut is to become a ‘borrowed ladder.

Maddow expressed her disdain:

“When you’re running for President, a plagiarism scandal is not something you want on your resume, especially not one as embarrassing as plagiarism from Wikipedia, repeatedly.   This wasn’t an isolated incident, this is a repeat thing,”

Maddow says Senator Paul has remained mum on the issue and cannot be reached for comment.

Watch the embarrassing spectacle:

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