Without mentioning her by name, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) dismissed MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s questions surrounding his use of Wikipedia in campaign speeches in an interview with Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos on Wednesday.
“Nothing I said was not given attribution to where it came from,” Paul told Ramos, arguing that he has credited “the screenwriters” for the movie Gattaca — though he did not name writer/director Andrew Nichol — and author Ray Bradbury for referencing their work.
“The rest of it’s making a mountain out of a molehill for people, I think, who are political enemies and have an ax to grind,” Paul added.
After Maddow reported on his reciting Wikipedia’s description of the movie’s plot during an appearance at Liberty University, Buzzfeed noted that he did the same thing with the plot for Stand and Deliver in a June 2013 speech.
“If you look at my speeches, there’s never been any indication that I’ve tried to take credit for someone else’s work,” Paul told Ramos. “So really, this is about information and attacks coming from haters.”
Paul then alluded to Maddow more directly, saying, “The person who’s leading this attack, she’s been spreading hate on me for three years now, and I don’t intend for it to go away. But I also don’t see her as an objective news source.”
Watch Paul’s interview with Ramos, aired on Wednesday, below.