2020 hopeful and former Vice President Joe Biden recently released a detailed proposal on how his administration would tackle the issue of climate change.
But it quickly became apparent that some of the details in the paper had been copied almost word for word from outside advocacy groups without attribution — also known as plagiarism — which President Donald Trump wasted no time in calling Biden out over.
Joe Biden has a “big problem”
Trump took to Twitter to slam Biden on Wednesday, where he revived his “Sleepy Joe Biden” nickname and lamented that the “corrupt media will save him.”
“Plagiarism charge against Sleepy Joe Biden on his ridiculous Climate Change Plan is a big problem,” Trump tweeted.
Copying and pasting
The Daily Caller reported that it had identified no less than five separate instances in Biden’s 22-page policy paper in which his campaign used virtually identical language to that found in other policy papers and letters written by issue advocacy groups.
Two of the advocacy groups Biden appears to have plagiarized were the Blue Green Alliance and the Carbon Capture Coalition, with the copied, but unattributed quotes pertaining to the use of new technologies to “capture” and reduce carbon emissions.
Business Insider discovered other examples of suspected plagiarism as well, with one example being a line about American sewer systems that
A recurring issue
As Trump had noted, the “plagiarism charge” is indeed a “big problem” for Biden, as this isn’t the first time he has faced such allegations.
Indeed, Business Insider noted that Biden’s failed 1988 presidential run came crashing down prematurely in part after he was caught plagiarizing a speech from a British politician.
That charge had followed accusations that Biden had plagiarized lines from law journals while attending Syracuse University.
In other words, plagiarism is a recurring theme when it comes to Biden.
For what it is worth, the Biden campaign claimed the plagiarism was an “inadvertent” mistake and have since updated the policy paper with proper citations. But whether that will be enough to help Biden get past this “big problem” that keeps popping up remains to be seen.