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Ex-Harvard Journal Editor Accuses Joe Biden of New Plagiarism

A former editor of the Harvard Journal on Legislation has raised “shocking” allegations of plagiarism against President Joe Biden, claiming that he discovered instances of unattributed copying in an essay written by the then-Delaware senator more than two decades ago.

The accusations center around an essay defending the Violence Against Women Act, which Biden penned in 2000 during his tenure as a senator.

Roger Severino, who now serves as the vice president of domestic policy at The Heritage Foundation, took to social media to detail his findings, igniting a fresh controversy.

“My first assignment as a junior editor at the Harvard Journal on Legislation (1999-2000) was to cite check an article submitted by one Sen. Joseph R. Biden. I was shocked by the plagiarism I discovered,” Severino posted on X, the site formerly known as Twitter.

Highlighting specific phrases that had raised his suspicions, Severino said in an interview with Fox News host Jesse Watters, “Words like ‘herald of a new era’ tipped me off. Like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, I’ve heard this before.’”

Severino’s accusations come on the heels of a broader examination of Biden’s veracity by Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post, who has scrutinized the president’s tendency to embellish facts.

Addressing this pattern, Severino stated, “He tends to embellish, and he tends to lie, and as your segment showed, he has decades of history doing this.”

The crux of Severino’s allegations centers on Biden’s purported failure to properly credit Federal Judge Diana Gribbon Motz’s dissenting opinion in the case of Brzonkala v. Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1999, New York Post reported.

In that case, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals declared a portion of the 1994 law as unconstitutional.

Severino contended that the published version of Biden’s essay included several citations from Motz’s opinion, but the attributions were reportedly inserted by journal editors who, in Severino’s view, were covering for Biden.

Severino alleged, “He had lifted language straight out of a SCOTUS opinion, changed a couple words, and called them his own. There were no quote marks and no footnote or anything else attributing the court as the source.”

He went on to assert that Biden had engaged in a form of plagiarism known as “mosaic plagiarism,” where a writer modifies a few words in a quote to make the act harder to detect. Severino interpreted this as an indication of “consciousness of guilt.”

Severino claimed to have brought the plagiarism concerns to the executive editor of the journal, recommending that they reject Biden’s article.

However, according to Severino, the editors decided to address the issue by adding proper attributions, effectively “fixing” the plagiarism. Severino said they acted as if the incident had never occurred.

In response to Severino’s allegations, White House spokeswoman Olivia Dalton vehemently denied the claims, stating, “The final article has appropriate citations, and that fact is not in dispute. So I’m not about to further dignify ridiculous attacks on the president from decades ago.”

The Harvard Journal of Legislation has not issued a statement regarding the matter, according to the New York Post.

Severino said he decided to come forward with these allegations from more than 20 years ago because Biden has “been doing this for decades, and the American people have to know.”

“He’s never owned up to his plagiarism scandals and his constant embellishments,” he added.

Biden has faced past accusations of plagiarism, notably during his first presidential campaign in 1988, when he was found to have lifted quotes from then-British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock, misrepresenting his family’s history.

Kinnock, who has since moved past the plagiarism controversy, supported Biden wholeheartedly in the 2020 presidential election, stating, “Joe’s an honest guy,” the The Guardian reported.

  • Darlin1111 says:

    We all know that Bidump has no honor, integrity, or moral compass, so why would this announcement surprise anyone with half a brain???

  • Bubba says:

    Take down Brandon. He is a dictator. He is the bad guy, Not TRUMP….

  • April says:

    I just cannot see politicians writing any material themselves. I think the task would be given to a staffer and Joey probably just scanned it (if that). He is not the sharpest knife in the pack. Probably had no idea it was copied. I am no fan of the dog-faced-pony soldier. I think he is incredibly lazy and ignorant. But plagiarist…I have problems with that one.

  • Nate says:

    Biden has been a plageristic liar his entire life!

  • Any moron who believes bidenomics is a fool says:

    Biden is not an honorable man never was he’s a lying blow heart, a plagiarist by choice he’s a hypocrite and disgrace to America! He single handedly and I’m sure with the help of his leftists Obamys, fake dr Jill, and handlers has never spoken an honest word since lying and cheating his way into this office in the entire history of America biden and his leftist hate regime will go down in the annal of history as the most destructive vile liar America has to put up with and his fake always lying media covers for him especially with his phony bidenomics that’s the biggest lie of all from the lying hypocrite time to impeach commie traitor joe and his corrupt regime and administration hopefully Satan will destroy your black souls to the bowls of hell where you belong! 1600 real scientists know your lying about the fake climate change crap and stealing our money your chicken little climate czar is as dumb as your word salad not so good at her job veep what a disgrace!

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