Trump’s National Security Pick Was Just Busted Plagiarizing Her Book From Wikipedia

Trump has been on a hiring spree and so far the picks have been awful, terrible, unqualified, frauds, but Monica Crowley may take the cake.

Despite the pledge that he only hires the best, Trump tapped conservative author Monica Crowley to fill a national security communications role in the White House. She has very little if any experience in national security, but she did support Trump during the campaign and was a Fox News host and that is enough for Trump.

She is also, apparently, a thief.

In a bombshell scoop by Andrew Kaczynski at CNN, Crowley was found to have stolen huge portions of her 2012 book for Republicans, “What The (Bleep) Just Happened.” Kaczynski found “upwards of 50 examples of plagiarism.” The list runs the gamut from stealing lines from other (better) columnists all the way to straight-up copying and pasting directly from Wikipedia.

A section on organized labor appears largely copied from a 2004 article by the libertarian think tank the Mises Institute. Another portion of her book on torture is copied from a Fox News article.

Sections of her book are repeatedly lifted from articles by National Review author Andrew C. McCarthy, who is a friend of Crowley’s. Lines in her book also match word-for-word the work of other columnists, including National Review’s Rich Lowry, Michelle Malkin, conservative economist Stephen Moore, Karl Rove, and Ramesh Ponnuru of Bloomberg View.

Crowley also lifted word-for-word phrases from the Associated Press, the New York Times, Politico, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, the BBC, and Yahoo News.

And sadly, this isn’t even the first time Crowley has been caught plagiarizing. In 1999, a column she wrote for the Wall Street Journal came under fire for copying portions from other sources without credit. Editors at the paper agreed and said they would have not run the piece had they known. It was pretty obvious, but Crowley repeatedly denied any wrongdoing – a trait that will likely serve her well in the Trump White House where the incoming president has made it clear facts will simply not matter. (Awkwardly, Crowley at one point plagiarizes the Wall Street Journal in her 2012 book. Truly the snake eating its own tail.)

As CNN’s Brian Stelter also points out, Crowley even plagiarized her own Fox News colleagues – while she was working with them.

Check out CNN’s full report here for a comprehensive breakdown of every single painful time she stole a phrase, sentence or entire paragraph from another source. It’s pretty brutal.

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