Gorsuch Is a Plagiarist

The headline at Politico reads "Gorsuch's writings borrow from other authors," which is a very polite way of saying that Gorsuch is just the latest Trumpster to be exposed as a plagiarist.

Melania Trump plagiarized Michelle Obama; Monica Crowley withdrew from a position on Trump's national security team after her plagiarism was discovered; Betsy DeVos was found to have plagiarized parts of her nomination questionnaire; and even Trump himself "borrowed" (though probably due to ignorance) Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign slogan.

Now Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has been revealed to have plagiarized "several passages from the tenth chapter of his 2006 book, The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, [which] read nearly verbatim to a 1984 article in the Indiana Law Journal. In several other instances in that book and an academic article published in 2000, Gorsuch borrowed from the ideas, quotes, and structures of scholarly and legal works without citing them."

Naturally, the Trump administration is pushing back with the usual codswallop: Partisan attack blah blah. Fake news blah blah. Smear blah blah. Gorsuch could kick your Supreme Court nominee's ass blah blah.

But Politico quotes Rebecca Moore Howard, a Syracuse University professor with expertise in plagiarism, who says bluntly: "Each of the individual incidents constitutes a violation of academic ethics. I've never seen a college plagiarism code that this would not be in violation of."


This, among many other examples, puts paid the lie that Trump wants to run the government like a business (which is a garbage idea anyhow). Smart people who run effective businesses don't surround themselves with people who are unqualified for the jobs they were hired to do, and they certainly don't make a habit of hiring people who have exposed major ethical weaknesses during the job interview.

Anyway. Let's see if Neil Gorsuch is the hill Senate Republicans still want to die on, despite the fact they definitely would have had something to say about an Obama SCOTUS nominee who was found to be a plagiarist.

Now that we've got another Republican president, IOKIYAR is back bigly.

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