Always the good conservative soldier, Stephen Colbert defended Kentucky Senator Rand Paul from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s plagiarism accusations.
While campaigning on behalf of anti-oral sex Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, Paul delivered near-verbatim lines lifted from Wikipedia’s entry for the movie, “Gattaca”: “In the movie, ‘Gattaca,’ in the not-too-distant future, eugenics is common and DNA plays a primary role in determining your social class,” Paul said.
Maddow called Paul out on her show for taking the description word-for-word from the online encyclopedia. But as Colbert speculated Tuesday, it might not be plagiarism at all: Maybe Rand Paul wrote the Wikipedia entry on “Gattaca.”
Either way, the “Colbert Report” host is focusing on the content of the words, rather than the origin: “That is irrefutable scientific evidence that (opponent Terry) McAuliffe’s pro-choice policies will lead to an Ethan Hawke movie,” he said.
Colbert further defended Paul, saying that the man is no plagiarist. The comedian then read directly from a number of Wikipedia entries to explain exactly who Paul is.
Watch the clip: