Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden found himself in hot water this week amid allegations of plagiarism, and even CNN was upset about it.
During a segment on CNN’s “Inside Politics,” anchor John King and his panel began discussing Biden’s campaign getting busted for copying language for his environmental plan word-for-word from environmental nonprofits without attribution.
King kicked-off the segment with a blistering rebuke of Biden, slamming the former vice president for obviously plagiarizing a major policy proposal.
“This is a pretty amateur mistake for the front runner’s campaign to make on a substantial policy rollout, when they had to know … the one thing they cannot do is plagiarize,” said King, adding that it was not an “A” performance by Biden’s team.
“When this has been an issue in the past … he’s the leader of the organization. Hello?” King mockingly asked.
“It’s lazy or it’s arrogant,” chimed in Washington Post reporter Karoun Demirjian, adding, “You would think he would be happy to quote progressive groups on his website.”
“You can’t do this stuff. You just can’t,” King added, arguing that it was an issue of leadership and competence.
Earlier this week, Biden unveiled his $5 trillion “revolutionary” plan, titled, “The Biden Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution & Environmental Justice.”
Several economists say the plan will cost at least $5 trillion over the next ten years.
As noted by Business Insider, major chunks of it were completely plagiarized word-for-word from environmental nonprofits without attribution.
In Biden’s plan, the campaign writes about carbon capture technology:
“Carbon capture, use, and storage (CCUS) is a rapidly growing technology that has the potential to create economic benefits for multiple industries while significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions.”
But in a letter from Blue Green Alliance Executive Director Kim Glas, the sentence is essentially the exact same:
“Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is a rapidly growing technology that has potential to create economic benefits for multiple industries while significantly reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.”
In a second instance, here’s what Biden’s plan writes about their goals regarding carbon capture:
“Biden’s goal is to make CCUS a widely available, cost-effective, and rapidly scalable solution to reduce carbon emissions to meet mid-century climate goals.”
That line is almost identical to the “our work” section of the website for the Carbon Capture Coalition’s Center for Climate and Energy Solutions:
“Its goal is to make carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) a widely available, cost-effective, and rapidly scalable solution to reduce carbon emissions to meet mid-century climate goals.”
In a third example of Biden’s cheating, his plan describes U.S. sewage systems:
“The average American sewage pipe is 33 years old, with many pipes dating back 50 or even 100 years.”
American Rivers has the exact same sentence structure on their infrastructure section of their website:
“As a result, the average American sewage pipe is 33 years old, with many pipes dating back 50 or even 100 years.”
Biden got caught plagiarizing again — and even CNN is calling him out for it.