- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 17, 2016

Ben Carson said it doesn’t bother him “at all” that Donald Trump might have plagiarized an op-ed he wrote about the American territories last month.

Conservative news outlet The Daily Caller reported Wednesday that Mr. Trump’s March 9 op-ed published by a Guam outlet lifted full sentences and phrases, almost verbatim, from Mr. Carson’s Feb. 26 piece published in the Northern Mariana Islands.

For instance, Mr. Carson’s piece begins: “MANY Americans do not appreciate the patriotism exhibited by our brothers and sisters in the Territories of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.”

While Mr. Trump’s piece begins: “Throughout the history of our nation, the patriotism exhibited by our brothers and sisters in the Territories of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands has often gone unacknowledged.”

Mr. Carson, who endorsed Mr. Trump Friday after dropping out of the race himself, responded to The Daily Caller report Wednesday evening while speaking to CNN’s Erin Burnett, Politico reported.

“I would say that many of the people that worked for me previously are now working for Donald Trump, so that doesn’t surprise me at all,” he explained.

Ms. Burnett asked, “So, in other words, it could be a direct copy, but it wouldn’t be plagiarism because it could be somebody who actually wrote the first one writing the second one?”

“Let me put it this way: It doesn’t bother me at all,” Mr. Carson responded.

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