By Duncan Smith
Joe Biden has made it a standard practice throughout his educational and political careers to steal other people’s words.
And he apparently did it again Thursday when he accepted the Democratic presidential nomination.
'Love is more powerful than hate. Hope is more powerful than fear. And light is more powerful than dark,” Biden said at one point.
“Canadians were quick to point out that those words were extremely similar to the dying message of Jack Layton, the leader of Canada's New Democratic Party, who in 2011 wrote, ‘My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair,'” the Washington Examiner reported.
The lifting of Layton’s words was picked up by CBC correspondent Alexander Panetta.
A number of Canadians are struck by the similar parting words of Biden’s speech to the final words of Jack Layton’s farewell letter before his death. pic.twitter.com/pvd80XtoHF
— Alexander Panetta (@Alex_Panetta) August 21, 2020
The Washington Examiner recounts Biden’s history of ‘word theft’:
This was not Biden's first brush with plagiarism. His 1988 presidential campaign ended after he was accused of lifting portions of a speech made by British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock. In an address to the Welsh Assembly, Kinnock asked, ”Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? 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 a speech at the 1987 Iowa State Fair, Biden used extremely similar language.
”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? 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?' He continued, '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?”
At the 1987 California Democratic convention, Biden told the audience that ”each generation of Americans has been summoned.' The same phrase was used by John F. Kennedy in his 1961 inaugural address.
If Biden wins in November, here’s hoping he steals President Trump’s policies.
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