For the movie Gattaca to come up during a gubernatorial campaign was weird enough, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said on Monday. But weirder still was would-be presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) seemingly reciting portions of his speech on the movie verbatim from Wikipedia and thinking he could pull it off.
“Rand Paul’s speech today was totally ripped off of Wikipedia,” Maddow said, before reading the online description of the film’s plot and saying, “Hit it, Senator!” to reveal Paul matching it nearly completely.
Paul’s appearance at Liberty College was designed to boost partymate Ken Cuccinelli, whose campaign against Terry McAuliffe has been plagued by mishaps involving Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and Rick Santorum’s “strikeforce” fundraising campaign.
During the speech, Paul compared people in favor of reproductive choice to what she called “the evil autocratic state” in the movie, which determines that Ethan Hawke’s character will die just after he turns 30, forcing him to develop a new identity and several ways of cheating the system to fulfill his dream of becoming an astronaut.
“Seriously, that’s the argument: people who are pro-choice want to start practicing Nazi-style eugenics in America,” Maddow said sarcastically. “Or, at least, Gattaca-style eugenics. So therefore, vote for Ken Cuccinelli.”
Maddow also pointed out that another Republican would-be presidential candidate, Herman Cain, was caught trying to use the Pokemon theme song as his own during his own failed campaign. Similarly, it took current Vice President Joe Biden (D) a decade to recover after being caught plagiarizing during his own run in 1988.
“What will the fallout be for Rand Paul?” Maddow wondered aloud, before noting that Paul’s office had not responded to her request for comment.
Watch Maddow pick apart Paul’s apparent plagiarism, as aired on Monday, before.
WATCH: Trump looks on as Turkey’s Erdo?an denies the Armenian Genocide ever occurred
President Donald Trump looked on as Turkish President Recep Erdo?an denied the Armenian Genocide during a joint press conference at the White House.
Trump allowed Erdo?an's visit despite Turkey's ethnic cleansing of America's Kurdish allies in northern Syria.
Onlookers were shocked that Erdo?an did this in front of the president and multiple Republican senators.
From the White House, Erdogan is ranting about the Armenian Genocide, saying it didn’t happen and that he wants to set up a “history commission.”
WATCH: Trump whines to Turkish president he only takes questions from ‘friendly reporters’
In a press conference Wednesday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, President Donald Trump openly reminded that he only takes questions from people on his side.
"Would you like to pick somebody?" Trump asked Erdo?an after taking a question from the far-right OANN. "A friendly person from Turkey, please. Friendly. Only friendly reporters. There aren’t too many of them around."
Trump has increasingly refused to take questions from reporters who ask him actual questions that he both knows the answer to and will make him look good.
The White House hasn't hosted a "daily press briefing" for 247 days and not at all under the new press secretary, Stephanie Grisham. She has, however, had time to appear on Fox News multiple times to speak for the White House.
George Conway blows apart Republicans’ ‘illogical and incoherent’ defense’ of Trump
Republican Washington lawyer George Conway found the GOP's attempts to defend President Donald Trump to be "illogical and incoherent."
The spouse of Kellyanne Conway, senior counselor to the president, explained that the witnesses were clearly non-partisan professionals only willing to talk about the facts.
"And the facts are quite damning. And the defenses that were put up by the Republicans were fundamentally illogical and incoherent," Conway told MSNBC. "I mean, one defense was, 'Hey, they actually got the money. The Ukrainians got the money and Zelensky didn’t make a statement. But the fact of the matter is, it was the ask that was illegal."