Long History of Political Plagiarism

Melania Trump is running for nothing. But still, her speech at the Republican convention in Cleveland included two passages that contained words and thoughts very similar to those from a 2008 speech delivered by Michelle Obama.

But plagiarism in the political arena is nothing new. Candidates have been suspected of or have admitted to borrowing from others to make their own points.

In 2013, Sen. Rand Paul was accused of lifting material from Wikipedia when talking publicly about the movie “Gattaca,” according to The Washington Post.

In 1987, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. dropped out of the 1988 presidential race over a plagiarism scandal involving a speech by Neil Kinnock, then the leader of the Labour Party leader in the U.K., the Post reported.

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