Did Trump Plagiarize Carson’s Op-Ed?

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GOP presidential primary front-runner Donald J. Trump went to any Ivy League school. He’s very highly educated. He knows words. He has the best words, OK? It’s just that sometimes there’s a brilliant Hopkins neurosurgeon who’s already said what you mean to say, and why not just reuse his op-ed?

On February 26, back when Carson was still in the race, he penned an opinion piece that appeared in Marianas Variety which acknowledged “the patriotism exhibited by our brothers and sisters in the Territories of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.”

On March 9, Trump was published an opinion piece of his own in the Pacific Daily News, testifying to the patriotism exhibited by our brothers and sisters in the Territories of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands.”

To be fair, the two articles diverge somewhat from there.

“Year after year,” Carson writes, “you send more of your sons and daughters per capita into the U.S. Armed Services than any of the 50 states. I stand in awe of this commitment and thank you for your service to our country.”

“Year after year,” Trump writes, apparently struggling to copy from memory, “these citizens quietly, without fanfare, send more of their sons and daughters per capita into the U.S. armed services than any of the 50 states. All Americans should stand in awe of this commitment to the service of our nation.”

See? Different.

The Daily Caller was the first to report on the striking similarities between the two articles — something that may be attributable to former Carson staffers joining Trump’s campaign. So it may be that the same ghostwriter is responsible for both pieces.

If so, is it plagiarism, or just sort of awkward?



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