Biden Under Fire For Allegedly Plagiarizing Reagan’s Iconic D-Day Speech

President Joe Biden’s attempt to channel the oratorical prowess of Ronald Reagan during his visit to Normandy for the 80th anniversary of D-Day has backfired, with accusations of plagiarism overshadowing the solemn occasion. Biden’s speech at Pointe du Hoc on Friday bore striking similarities to Reagan’s famous address delivered at the same location 40 years ago, leading many to question whether the president’s team had intentionally lifted passages in an effort to capture the same magic and political impact.

The controversy comes just a day after Politico reported that Biden’s aides were openly studying Reagan’s 1984 trip and looking to “take from Reagan’s playbook” for a breakthrough moment in Normandy. According to the report, the president’s team was eager to follow Reagan’s example both oratorically and politically, hoping to capture the attention of a distracted and disillusioned public and remind them of the stakes at hand.

However, what may have been intended as a tribute to Reagan’s iconic speech has instead drawn criticism and rekindled memories of Biden’s past plagiarism scandals. Throughout his political career, Biden has faced multiple accusations of plagiarism, from his first year in law school when he was accused of plagiarizing a law review article to his 1988 presidential campaign, which was derailed by allegations of lifting passages from the speeches of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and former Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock.

More recently, during the 2020 Democratic primary, Biden’s campaign was caught copying Bernie Sanders’ platform and other websites, and even his acceptance speech for the Democratic nomination appeared to have plagiarized passages.

As the nation reflects on the sacrifices made by American soldiers during World War II, the controversy surrounding Biden’s speech threatens to overshadow the solemn occasion and raises questions about the president’s judgment and the effectiveness of his team’s strategy. The incident serves as a reminder of Biden’s checkered past with plagiarism and calls into question the wisdom of attempting to emulate Reagan’s success without proper attribution.