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Sen. Rand Paul: If it was legal to ‘duel’ I would kill ‘hacks and haters’

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) appeared on the ABC Sunday talk show, “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” yesterday. One of the questions involved the recent findings of plagiarism in his speeches and his book.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" 11-3-2013
Screen Clip This Week with George Stephanopoulos

George Stephanopoulos asked him about the recent findings that Paul had been caught red handed “committing plagiarism”. And instead of the Senator admitting the truth that is undeniable, he implied that he wished he could kill those that brought the facts to light, the “hackers and haters” with a “duel”

“I take it as an insult and I will not lie down and say people can call me dishonest, misleading or misrepresenting. I have never intentionally done so. And, like I say, if dueling were legal in Kentucky, if they keep it up, you know, it'd be a duel challenge, but I can't do that because I can't hold office in Kentucky."

“But I think I’m being unfairly targeted by a bunch of hacks and haters. And I’m just not going to put up with people casting aspersions on my character," he added later.

Senator Paul admitted in the interview that it was “sloppy” for him to do it and that the “footnote police” are now going to go through his past speeches and writings, but he never admitted that it was plagiarism. He also admits that they will indeed find more plagiarism, but said it’s not “plagiarism” if his speeches and writings are not used in “academia” or “science”. The Library of Congress houses millions of speeches and writings from past politicians that are often used in “academia”, Paul is also wrong on this point.

“So I think the spoken word shouldn't be held to the same sort of standard that you have if you're giving a scientific paper. I've written scientific papers. I know how to footnote things.”

“But we've never footnoted speeches. And if that's the standard I'm going to be held to, yes, we will change and we will footnote things.”

In an interview last week with Jorge Ramos of Fusion, Paul is asked about a speech he gave Liberty University that contained plagiarism. And Paul admits that portions of the speech were “borrowed” from “Gattaca”

“We borrowed the plot lines from "Gattaca". It's a movie. And I gave credit to the people who wrote the movie.”

That too is a lie, he gave no credit in that speech, which was pointed out by MSNBC.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul has an ego so big, he is unable to admit when he is wrong, even when he is caught red handed stealing through plagiarizing and lying to cover it up, and instead he attacks the messengers which he calls “hacks and haters” and would like to kill them by having a “duel’.

One last thing should be noted, and this is a big thing, Senator Rand Paul knows he plagiarized and lied, and he is “quietly” updating speeches on his website right now by adding attributions and footnotes, as reported by

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