The presidential election race has been heating up with increasingly strong crosses between the campaign teams of President Donald Trump and the presumed Democratic Party nominee, Joe Biden. Recently, the president, who is seeking re-election, accused his opponent of plagiarizing his economic plan.
“He plagiarized from me,” President Trump said Friday, July 10, after being consulted on Biden’s proposal called Build Back Better.
In the words of the Democratic candidate himself, his plan is “bold, practical, and focused on building an economy of the future” that will be “made in America entirely in America.”
In fact, the Trump campaign accused the Democrat of stealing the president’s famous “America First” economic plan. Moreover, Biden’s new economic platform includes such similar sounding phrases as “Make it in America,” “Buy American” and “Stand up for America.”
This is not the first time Biden has been accused of plagiarism. In fact, it has been confirmed that he copied parts of a speech by British politician Neil Kinnock during his 1988 presidential campaign.
But in reality this custom dates back to his early years of academic training. When he was studying at Syracuse University Law School, he also plagiarized a document.
“[Biden] likes plagiarizing” President Trump said in discussions with reporters at the White House before leaving for Florida.
“It’s a plan that is very radical left. But he said the right things because he’s copying what I’ve done,” he added, referring to a proposal Biden presented Thursday at McGregor Industries in Pennsylvania.
However, President Trump noted that the big difference between the two contenders is that Biden “can’t do it, and he knows he’s not doing that, can’t be the same, because he’s raising taxes way too much. He’s also putting tremendous amounts of regulations back on.”
“And those two things are two primary reasons that I created the greatest economy we’ve ever had—and now we’re creating it again,” he said.
Since taking office in January 2017, President Trump has pushed through large tax cuts and removed a huge number of regulations that have led to sustained economic growth, allowing the United States to reach record low levels of unemployment (3.6% in January 2020, the lowest since 1969). This was before the coronavirus pandemic broke out.
As for Biden, after being consulted on his past plagiarism scandals, Barack Obama’s former vice president simply said, “I’ve done some dumb things, I’ll do dumb things again.”