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: 10 videos show massive flooding hitting Brooklyn and New Jersey after torrential downpour
A massive flood is once again striking parts of New York City and New Jersey Monday as the heatwave gave way to a torrential downpour.
The storm moved through after 6 p.m. EST, dropping several inches of rain in a short period and causing immense flash flooding during rush hour. Commuters reported unusually large crowds on subway platforms, water flowing down subway stairs and huge leaks in the ceilings.
Airports were also dealing with the storm blowing through with time delays at LaGuardia, JFK and the Newark Airports.
Some folks took the flood in stride, bringing out pool toys to ride the waves:
‘They share staff with the Kremlin’: Maddow roasts Trump’s new favorite right-wing network OANN
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow roasted One America News Network (OANN) for employing a Kremlin operative to report on United States politics.
"If the Fox News channel is insufficiently pro-Trump for you, you may or may not know there is another boutique little news outlet that is designed specifically for Trump megafans called One America, One America News Network," she explained.
"The Trump White House gave this boutique outfit a hard pass for access to the White House grounds and a permanent seat in the White House briefing room -- remember when the White House used to hold press briefings? They had a seat," she continued.
NYT columnist says one of Trump’s friends begged him to talk him out of launching war with Iran
On Monday, Thomas Friedman of The New York Times spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper, following President Donald Trump's attacks on him for calling his behavior racist in a recent article. The president accused him of "kissing [his] a**" in an Oval Office phone call.
Speaking to Cooper, Friedman denied Trump's characterization of their discussion.
"The president tweeted about a private conversation we had and lobbed in a few insults," said Friedman. "Basically, my response, which I put out on Twitter is that I was encouraged by a friend of his to speak to him after the downing of the American drone, because I thought it was wise that we not retaliate, and I thought he was wise not to retaliate, and this friend of his wanted me to encourage him in that, because he was evidently agonizing a little over that not retaliating. And I did that. I began the conversation by saying that 'I disagree with you, Mr. President on many things, but I think you did the right thing on this.' We talked for about four minutes. We also talked about China and we left it at that."