Specifically, Biden ripped off a campaign commercial from the British politician. The New York Times‘s Maureen Dowd reported at the time:
In the commercial, the Briton began, ”Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university?” Then pointing to his wife in the audience, he continued: ”Why is Glenys the first woman in her family in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? Was it because all our predecessors were thick?”
Senator Biden began his remarks by saying the ideas had come to him spontaneously on the way to the debate. ”I started thinking as I was coming over here, why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go to a university?” he said. Then, pointing to his wife, he continued: ”Why is it that my wife who is sitting out there in the audience is the first in her family to ever go to college? Is it because our fathers and mothers were not bright? Is it because I’m the first Biden in a thousand generations to get a college and a graduate degree that I was smarter than the rest?”
The incident was only one of several in which Biden borrowed from Kinnock.
Look. I’m not saying this makes plagiarism OK. It most certainly isn’t. But let’s get real here. I watched the news tonight and Mrs. Trump took up a large portion of it, both local and world. Let’s not pretend that this doesn’t happen, and hasn’t happened, on the left, too. Let’s stop acting like this was the most brazen thing anyone has seen during an election, because trust me, folks, it has happened before. It doesn’t excuse it. But it isn’t more wrong – or more news worthy – because it was Trump’s wife.