- Long before former Vice President Joe Biden became President Donald Trump’s re-election challenger – and even before Biden became Vice President – Trump reprimanded him for a plagiarism scandal earlier in his career.
- In a CNN interview dug up by insiders in 2008, Trump called Biden’s plagiarism story “a very bad statement.”
- “You know, he was also involved in pretty big controversies like plagiarism in college and various other things,” Trump said to Wolf Blitzer shortly after Biden was selected as Obama’s vice president. “That’s a pretty big statement.”
- Biden admitted to plagiarizing in an essay he submitted in 1965 as a law student in Syracuse that Trump may refer to.
- In an upcoming book by Mary Trump, President Trump’s niece, he is accused of cheating on his SAT to get to the University of Pennsylvania by paying someone to take the test for him.
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President Donald Trump’s new line of attack against former Vice President Joe Biden is actually not new.
Last week Trump accused Biden of plagiarism for flimsy reasons when the former vice president introduced his Buy American economic plan, but he made vocal comments about biden and plagiarism dating back to 2008.
In an interview log unearthed by insiders, the first thing Trump got involved in when asked to weigh Biden as Obama’s VP candidate was the plagiarism story of the Delawarean. This 2008 CNN interview highlights Trump’s instincts when it comes to his 2020 opponent.
When Wolf Blitzer asked for his thoughts on Biden’s entry into the ticket, Trump replied: “I really don’t know Senator Biden, but I do know one thing. He runs for the President several times. He received less than 1 percent of the vote . ” every time. “
“And that’s a pretty difficult thing,” Trump continued. “You know, he was also involved in pretty big controversies like plagiarism in college and various other things. That’s a pretty big statement. So maybe you change over time. But if you plagiarize, that’s a very bad statement. “
Leveling up allegations of plagiarism may not be the most stable reason for Trump, since his wife Melania was caught red-handed by a speech by Michelle Obama in her 2016 speech to the Republican National Convention, and Trump now has questions about fraud in a SAT exam.
There is no evidence that Biden’s 2020 campaign copied any words or numbers from Trump for his “Buy American” plan, although Biden’s plan deserved praise from Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon.
“A pretty heavy charge”
In the 2008 session with Blitzer, Trump Biden followed up on plagiarism, but not because of the plagiarism scandal of 1987, which usually made the most headlines. This included media reports showing that Biden apparently picked up passages from a British Labor Party politician, which contributed to his failed presidential bid in 1988.
“This has not been addressed yet, but I am sure it will be someday,” Trump continued. “I am sure that Sarah Palin will address it in a debate or that someone will address it.”
Blitzer then asked if Trump was referring to the 1987 scandal.
“No, I’m talking about when he was a student, as I understand it, and that was originally a big problem, but he allegedly plagiarized as a student,” Trump replied. “It’s a pretty serious charge.”
Biden admitted to plagiarizing in an essay he submitted in 1965 as a law student in Syracuse that Trump may refer to.
Trump went on to describe Biden as a potentially weaker Vice President as Obama’s longest-standing opponent in the 2008 primary and his later Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“More importantly, he didn’t get 1 percent of the vote,” Trump said about Biden during the 2008 campaign, which only made it to Iowa before getting out.
“Hillary got over 50 percent of the vote, so why don’t he choose Hillary? It just doesn’t make sense.”
A clip from Blitzers interview with Trump in 2008 made the rounds during the impeachment scandal in late 2019 – for various reasons.
Trump said to Blitzer that he thought House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should have acted against then President George W. Bush when the Democrats later had a majority in his presidency.
Both cases suggest that Trump claims to maintain a relatively higher standard of behavior in office than he showed in his first three years in the White House.
Trump’s comments on Biden’s plagiarism are now striking as well, since he was accused of cheating on his SAT.
Trump insisted that Biden respond to his plagiarism problems in his debate against Republican Vice President Sarah Palin, although the issue never came up.
“Maybe he has a good answer and maybe it didn’t,” Trump said to Blitzer. “I think it’s pretty serious and a very serious charge.”