Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks on the Senate floor.
(Courier-Journal) -- Rachel Maddow, host of an MSNBC talk show and bane of Rand Paul's existence, accused the Kentucky Senator of stealing lines from his speech at Liberty University on Monday from a Wikipedia entry about the 1997 movie Gattaca.
During the speech, in which he warned of advancements in science that
he said could lead to the practice of eugenics, or selecting traits to
be passed along to future generations, Paul recalled seeing the moving
and being grateful the technology didn't exist back then.
But Paul warned that the technology exists now.
In all, Maddow accused Paul of quoting almost word-for-word four
passages in the Wikipedia entry explaining the science fiction movie.
Paul said: "In the movie Gattaca, in the 'not to distant future,'
eugenics is common and DNA plays a primary role in determining your
Wikipedia says: "In 'the not-too-distant future,' liberal eugenics is common and DNA plays the primary role in determining social class."
Paul said: "Due to frequent screenings, Vincent faces genetic
discrimination and prejudice. The only way to achieve his dream of being
an astronaut, is he has to become what's called a 'borrowed ladder.'"
Wikipedia says: "Due to frequent screening, Vincent faces genetic discrimination and prejudice. The only way he can achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut is to become a 'borrowed ladder.'"
Paul said: "He assumes the identity of a Jerome Morrow, a world class
swimming star with a genetic profile said to be 'secondary to none,'
but he's been paralyzed in a car accident."
Wikipedia says: "He assumes the identity of Jerome Eugene Morrow, a
former swimming star with a genetic profile "second to none", who had
been injured in a car accident, leaving him paralyzed from the waist
Paul said: "Jerome buys his identity, uses his DNA - his blood, his hair, his tissue his urine - to pass the screenings."
Wikipedia says: "Vincent 'buys' Jerome's identity and uses his
'valid' DNA in blood, hair, tissue, and urine samples to pass
This isn't the first time in recent memory that a politician cribbed parts of a speech from pop culture. Former presidential candidate Herman Cain ended his campaign in 2011 with a rousing speech... that inexplicably quoted the Pokémon movie.