Now that Rand Paul has been caught plagiarizing other sources, including Wikipedia, in multiple speeches and even a long portion in one of his books, he is responding in one predictable way and one absolutely demented way. The predictable response is to attack his accusers:
Under fire this week for plagiarizing some of his speeches, Paul shrugged off the allegations and proclaimed that he’s being “unfairly targeted by hacks and haters.”
It’s like the old nostrum about attorneys: “”If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts. If you have the law on your side, pound the law. If you have neither on your side, pound the table.” The facts are absolutely obvious, he’s been copying long portions of his speeches from Wikipedia, as Maddow has thoroughly documented. So he has to attack her because he has nothing to say on the substance. Which leads to the deranged response:
He continued, “And like I say, if, you know, if dueling were legal in Kentucky, if they keep it up, you know, it would be a duel challenge. But I can’t do that, because I can’t hold office in Kentucky then.”
Seriously? Someone criticizes you and you want to pick up a gun and try to kill them? That should disqualify you from holding any public office of any kind.