This past week has been pretty embarrassing for Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. Rachel Maddow exposed that during a speech Paul was giving to a group of Republicans, he plagiarized the Wikipedia page of the science fiction movie Gattaca while claiming that advances in science, paired with abortion, could lead to eugenics.
Well, Paul responded to Maddow’s accusations by calling her a “hater” who needs to stop nitpicking. He tried to paint her as someone who was just out to get him and has “been spreading hate” on him for years.
If you thought Maddow was going to let Paul’s comments towards her go without a response, you’d be sadly mistaken. Maddow hit back, mocking the fact that Senator Paul seems to be trying to make his plagiarism about her.
“You can try to make this whole problem for yourself about me, try to make me the story. Go for it. Good luck. I can take it.”
Maddow also pointed out the “classic” political strategy Paul seems to be attempting to use:
“In politics, this is a classic. When you’re getting attacked for something, just accuse your opponent of being guilty of the same thing. Whatever the attack is, if it’s sticking to you, just apply those words in a substantively meaningless way to whoever’s saying it about you, so at least it starts to seem confusing to people or the words lose their meaning.”
Which is a strategy Republicans often use. They seem to constantly accuse others of doing the very thing they are doing. They claim Democrats are the “big spenders,” yet they run up giant deficits every time they control the White House. They claim Democrats are for “big government,” while they push for Constitutional Amendments that would ban same-sex marriage. Republicans are almost constantly accusing others of doing the very things they are doing.
Maddow also went on to point out that Rand Paul has yet to take responsibility for his actions, or offer a way to “fix” them. Well, unless you count the recent report where Paul’s website seems to be deleting transcripts of his past speeches, in an apparent attempt to make it harder to find out just how many times he might have plagiarized in the past.
But Paul can’t just blame Rachel Maddow for this issue. Buzzfeed and Politico have both recently posted stories citing other examples where Paul’s speeches appear to have plagiarized not only Wikipedia, but the Associated Press as well.
I do love how Paul seems to be making this out to be some kind of witch hunt against him. The guy plagiarizes, multiple times, then acts as if he did nothing wrong. All while apparently ordering the people in charge of his website to go through his speeches and delete the transcripts to many of them.
If he did nothing wrong, then why are these transcripts vanishing?
Maddow did nothing more than make Paul look like a fool. But instead of owning up to his mistakes like an adult, he’s apparently chosen to pout and basically say “Maddow is picking on me!”
Maybe next time Senator Paul shouldn’t plagiarize when he’s giving his speeches, and people like Rachel Maddow won’t “hate” on him. Apparently the concept of “originality” is too difficult for Paul to understand.