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Rand Paul Gives Inaccurate Speech

Nobody can say Rand Paul didn’t learn from his plagiarism scandal—although maybe not the right lesson. In his first speech since his cribbing was exposed, the Kentucky senator included 33 footnotes in the publicly released version. But the speech itself was filled with factual errors. For example, Paul called the overthrowing of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi a “coup” (the State Department has refused to weigh in if a coup occurred) and said “American-made tear gas was used on protesters.” But the ABC News article cited in his speech about the tear gas is from 2011 and refers to the Arab Spring uprising, not the current situation. Well, at least he cited the article at all, right?