Watch That Time Johnny Carson Mocked Biden’s Plagiarism, and It’s Still Hilarious

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June 12, 2019Jun 12, 2019

Leading Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden seems to be having some stumbles on the campaign trail as his polling numbers sink, from appearing to lack energy during speeches to getting mocked for promising to cure cancer if he’s elected president.

And now there’s another plagiarism accusation.

Fox News says Biden ripped off embattled lawyer Michael Avenatti’s slogan when he declared during a speech, “He [Trump] says, ‘let's make America great again.’ Let's make America America again.’

But Avenatti repeatedly used that slogan in the past when he teased a presidential run. An Avenatti candidacy is not expected to happen now that the attorney is up to his shiny pate in legal troubles.

Biden was also accused of plagiarism when he released his plan to battle climate change, according to the Huffington Post. Reporters said its wording too closely matched the climate change plans of other organizations.

And then, of course, there was the time Biden ran for president in the 1988 election cycle and was accused of plagiarizing a British politician. That plagiarism accusation, plus others from his law school days, led to him to quickly drop out of the race.

Late night comedian Johnny Carson mocked Biden for the plagiarism back then, and it’s still hilarious today.

“Now on the political scene, one of the Democratic candidates is Sen. Joseph Biden,” Carson said during a 1987 show. “Have you seen the problem he’s been having?”

“He went around and made a speech, and apparently he quoted a British politician, took his speech, and kind of paraphrased it as his own,” he continued. “And then the press got on him.

“And then he was charged also with taking part of Bobby Kennedy...and Biden says not to worry. He reassured his staff,” Carson said.

“We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”

That got a huge laugh from the crowd.

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