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Oops! Tea Party Candidate Caught Plagiarizing His ‘Thoughts’ on Political Issues

A North Carolina Tea Party candidate has been caught copying from another GOP politician’s paper. Dr. Greg Bannon, a Tea Party activist running for the US Senate, recently posted several campaign positions on the issues. The trouble is that his thoughts were not his own.

It appears that Bannon copied his feelings about important issues from another Republican, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, often verbatim.

For example, on the issue of abortion, Bannon wrote, “I believe that life begins at conception, and it is unconscionable that government sanctions the taking of the lives of the helpless and innocent.”

Amash, it seems had  nearly same thought when he said, “I believe that life begins at conception, and it is unconscionable that government would sanction the taking of the helpless and innocent.”

Sometimes, Bannon even copied and pasted state specific positions from Amash, despite the fact that Amash was talking about Michigan when he penned the phrases first.

Amash wrote on farming, “Our state’s farmers represent the best in innovation, entrepreneurship, and stewardship. The future success of Michigan farmers is endangered, however, when the government seeks to take over farm production with needless, uninformed, and often overly burdensome regulations.”

Clearly thinking he could not have said it better himself, Bannon borrowed the words and substitutes his own state.

“Our state’s farmers represent the best in innovation, entrepreneurship, and stewardship.The future success of North Carolina farmers is endangered, however, when the government seeks to take over farm production with needless, uninformed, and often overly burdensome regulations.”

At the same time he started borrowing phrases from other GOP members, Buzzfeed pointed out that the GOP hopeful was busy scrubbing his own controversial opinions from the internet.

The web page where Bannon shot off about government conspiracies and claims like the Boston bombing is a false flag operation has disappeared from the web entirely in recent days.

Photo Credit: Screenshot/Greg Bannon for US Senate

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