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On Friday, President Donald Trump said former Vice President Joe Biden was plagiarizing his economic policies.  This is not unusual for Joe Biden.  It has been documented in several instances where he has plagiarized other speakers.

In September of 1987, Biden was accused of plagiarizing a speech by Neil Kinnock, leader of the British Labour party. Kinnock’s speech, delivered to a Welsh Labour Party conference on May 15, 1987, and then rebroadcast during the UK 1987 general election made reference to his background and that of his wife Glenys.  It included the lines:  Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? [Pointing to his wife in the audience:] Why is Glenys the first woman in her family in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? Was it because all our predecessors were thick?

In Biden’s speech in September 1987, he made reference to himself and his wife Jill, and included the lines:  I started thinking as I was coming over here, why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go to a university? [Pointing to his wife in the audience:] Why is it that my wife who is sitting out there in the audience is the first in her family to ever go to college? Is it because our fathers and mothers were not bright? Is it because I’m the first Biden in a thousand generations to get a college and a graduate degree that I was smarter than the rest?

Before the Kinnock attention, Biden gave a February 3,1987 speech to the California Democratic Party that reused without credit, passages from a 1967 speech by Robert F. Kennedy, and in 1985 and 1986 speeches that did the same with a passage from a 1976 speech by Hubert H. Humphrey. 
So as stated earlier in this article, plagiarism is not new from Joe Biden.  The messaging from Biden’s “Buy American” and Trump’s “America First” plan is very similar if not basically copied from Trump and Trump is correct in his accusation.

Trump told reporters at the White House when asked about Biden’s plan for the economy. “He plagiarized from me, but he could never pull it off,” “He likes plagiarizing. It’s a plan that is very radical left. But he said the right things because he’s copying what I’ve done, but the difference is he can’t do it.”

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway claimed Biden’s “Buy American” focus was copied from Trump’s 2016 campaign.

“And now yesterday, for all to see, Joe Biden was plagiarizing Donald Trump, ‘Buy American,’” Conway told reporters outside the White House. “He recognizes that ‘Buy American’ is very popular. I hope they didn’t spend a dollar on focus-grouping that since we already know it’s how this president got elected.”

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