Joe Biden has again been accused of using other people’s words, this time while accepting his nomination at the Democratic National Convention.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is again faced with claims of plagiarism after making his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention.
On Thursday, Biden concluded his speech with a few lines that were very similar to statements made by former Canadian New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton.
“For love is more powerful than hate. Hope is more powerful than fear. And light is more powerful than dark,” Biden said.
Just before he died in 2011, Layton had stated in a letter: “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair.”
This incident happened even after Biden’s campaign bought anti-plagiarism software last summer. On Oct. 23, Slate reported that Biden’s campaign had purchased $4,200 of plagiarism prevention software.
Biden has been accused of plagiarism in the past, including in 1987 when he lifted lines from former British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock. Just last year, Biden was also called out for using exact lines from climate change activists when speaking about his own climate change plan.
The acceptance speech at the DNC was not the first time Biden has been accused of using words that were not his own, and it might not be the last. Plagiarism is dishonest and it shouldn’t be something that is a regular occurrence for a presidential candidate.