MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., have been exchanging unpleasantries, with Maddow accusing Paul of plagiarizing much of a speech he recently gave, and Paul calling Maddow a "hater" who needs to stop nitpicking, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Paul referenced the movie "Gattaca" during his speech, calling its world one "where DNA plays a primary role in determining your social class," a line that appears to be lifted directly from the Wikipedia page on the film, the story says.
Paul, in an interview with Fusion, said his critics were "making a mountain out of a molehill. … It’s a disagreement about how you footnote things." He added that Maddow has been "spreading hate on me for about three years now."
The Times notes: "Many viewers might shrug — especially Paul’s supporters — but plagiarism can prove a difficult issue for a major politico. During the 1988 presidential campaign, revelations that he had plagiarized a speech by British leader Neil Kinnock helped sink the candidacy of Joe Biden, who eventually recovered and is now vice president in the Obama White House."
A segment from Maddow’s show accusing Paul of plagiarism can be found below. Video of Paul’s response can be viewed by clicking here to go to the L.A. Times story.