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The Daily Show: 'Rand Theft Caught-O'

Jon Stewart skewers Rand Paul for his reaction to the latest round of plagiarism charges.
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As the charges of plagiarism continue to pile up against the junior senator from Kentucky, it's nice to see him getting the skewering he deserves from the late night comics: Jon Stewart: Rand Paul took his speeches from Taylor Swift and his hair from Patrick Duffy:

Daily Show host Jon Stewart mocked Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Thursday for his reaction to the seemingly ever-increasing revelations regarding material he has plagiarized for his speeches, particularly Paul’s assertion that “98 percent” of his speeches are off-the-cuff.

“Ninety-eight percent of his speeches are extemporaneous,” Stewart said. “Meaning only 2 percent of his speeches are plagiarized. And the truth is, most of those are just Taylor Swift lyrics.”

Stewart also had a laugh at Paul’s responding to the controversy by by telling the New York Times, “To tell you the truth, people can think what they want, I can go back to being a doctor anytime, if they’re tired of me. I’ll go back to being a doctor, and I’ll be perfectly content.”

“You know what?” Stewart asked in a whiny voice. “I’ll start my own government, where you’re allowed to copy off other people. I’ll start my own country — yeah, ‘Belgium.’ I came up with that name. Belgium.”

Besides Paul’s reported reliance on Wikipedia for his unlisted source material, however, Stewart was more alarmed by the fact that the senator was using an Ethan Hawke movie in his speeches, before playing clips detailing the multiple instances that have come to light since the initial report.

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