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Stephen Colbert Defends Rand Paul Against Rachel Maddow Plagiarism Accusations (Video)

6/13/2014

By Tony Maglio
TheWrap

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.

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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:

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