- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul slammed Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski as an “idiot” Tuesday after the reporter alleged that several quotes attributed to America’s founding fathers in Mr. Paul’s newest book are fake.

In the article titled, “A Letter To Rand Paul: Stop Using Fake Founding Fathers Quotes,” Mr. Kaczynski and reporter Megan Apper claimed that “Our Presidents & Their Prayers,” co-authored by the Kentucky senator, cites a “National Prayer of Peace” that Thomas Jefferson never wrote.

The article charged that the quotation leading Mr. Paul’s chapter on George Washington — “let the world be filled with the knowledge of Thee and Thy Son, Jesus Christ” — is also fake, among others.

“That guy,” Mr. Paul said dismissively of Mr. Kaczynski, The Washington Post reported. “The only criticisms have come from some guy who’s a partisan. We discount partisans. However, there’s a ridiculous cottage industry out there of people who think they’re smarter than everyone else, and because certain quotes are disputed — well, yeah! If you want to say something’s not a Thomas Jefferson quote, you can get a whole book on whether it’s a quote or not.”

“I mean, this idiot says the same thing about my speeches,” he told The Post. “Do I need to say in my speech, ‘as many people attribute to Thomas Jefferson, but some people dispute,’ before I give the quote? It’s idiocy, it’s pedantry — it’s ridiculous stuff from partisan hacks. And I’d say that guy’s one of ‘em.”

“He’s not on my good list,” Mr. Paul said of Mr. Kaczysnki.

BuzzFeed reported in 2013 that a section of Mr. Paul’s 2012 book, “Government Bullies,” appeared to have lifted sections of an earlier Forbes article and claimed several other op-eds by the senator were also plagiarized. Upon reviewing the claims, The Washington Times announced in November 2013 that it was ending Mr. Paul’s weekly column. The senator took personal responsibility for the oversights, which he and aides said were caused by staff providing him background materials that were not properly footnoted.



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