The Donald Trump campaign has had a consistent problem with plagiarism throughout the course of the election and it seems to have continued into the transition.
According to a Politico report, Trump’s transition website seems to have lifted some passages from the nonpartisan nonprofit the Center for Presidential Transition. The group is a project under the Partnership for Public Service, which was founded in 2001 to inspire and reward those who worked in the federal government.
At the bottom of Trump’s site GreatAgain.gov, appears a small note saying, “First Posted on Center for Presidential Transition.”
The citation might be enough to avoid any legal issues but it is a gray area in copyright law.
The first comes from a post “Help Wanted: 4,000 Presidential Appointments.” The text talks about a “chart below” — but there isn’t a chart. The Center’s website does have a graphic depicting positions that require Senate confirmation in the departments of Justice and State.
Another is from, “The Offices and Agencies Supporting the Transition,” which is the same page on the Center’s website. It even has a reference to “our own Center library” linking to the Center for Presidential Transition online resources page.
Both pages have a byline for the author on the Center’s website but that authorship is removed on Trump’s site.
This isn’t the first time the Trump campaign has come under fire. Trump’s wife Melania made news when portions of her speech at the Republican National Convention were lifted from Michelle Obama’s speech in 2008. Mrs. Trump’s speech to a Philadelphia audience last week also used a line from Marla Maples’ book that also seemed similar to a song in the film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”