Donald Trump appears to have plagiarized large portions of an op-ed written by former GOP campaign rival, Ben Carson, according to the Daily Caller.
Trump, the Republican front runner, published his piece in the Pacific Daily News last week, while Carson’s was published on Feb. 26 in Marianas Variety. In some sections, entire paragraphs are lifted from Carson’s piece, while there are striking similarities throughout.
For example, this passage was copied over word-for-word, according to the Daily Caller:
Medical care in the American territories and commonwealths has historically lagged far behind the continental states, and Obamacare has only made the situation worse. Good health is an essential part of a thriving society and economy, and citizens of the territories and commonwealths deserve policies that work.
Both pieces lay out identical policy plans, with only a few words swapped out here:
I will appoint a Territory and Commonwealth Advisory Committee or TCAC consisting of representatives from American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico;ADVERTISEMENT
The TCAC will be integrated into my presidential transition team, and be tasked with performing a holistic review of all federal regulations affecting the territories and commonwealths;
Once sworn into office, I will appoint a special assistant to the president responsible for day-to-day interaction with the territories and commonwealths. This position would be the direct connection for the Office of Insular Affairs and the citizens of the territories and commonwealths.
Williams refused to comment on the identical op-eds other than to say that “there’s no question” that former Carson staffers are now working for Trump.
Carson has dropped out of the race and endorsed Trump.