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Wed Jun 12, 2019, 12:12 PM

 

Idiot Republicans accuse Joe Biden of plagiarizing "Make America American Again" from Scott Baio [View all]

From Baio and/or from Michael Avenatti.

Scott Walker tweet, linking to a Scott Baio tweet (one of many accusing Biden of plagiarism):








Dan Bongino tweet:





They seem unaware that the words echo those used by Langston Hughes in his great 1935 poem "Let American Be America Again," which was first published by Esquire in 1936.

And they apparently don't know that the line's been used by other politicians in the past, including Rick Perry and Rick Santorum in 2011, though they denied that they were inspired by Hughes, whose concerns for social justice couldn't have been more different from their politics:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-misuse-of-langston-hughes_b_1024486


John Kerry had used "Let America Be America Again" as one of the slogans for his 2004 presidential campaign.

Thurgood Marshall famously read the poem to the American Bar Association in 1992. He and Hughes had been classmates at Lincoln College.

Full text of the poem here:

https://poets.org/poem/let-america-be-america-again

Wikipedia article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_America_be_America_Again

Another article on the poem:

https://www.theattic.space/home-page-blogs/langstonhughes


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If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden

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