Trump's Latest: Plagiarism Claimed in Trump Institute's 2006 Textbook

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign stop, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in Appleton, Wis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Donald Trump continues to prove that the GOP couldn’t have ended up with a worse nominee than if they were actively seeking out a loser.

They also couldn’t have found one more corrupt or scandal-ready.

The latest is a tack-on to the Trump University fraud charges that are currently pending. From the Hill:

At least 20 pages of Donald Trump‘s textbooks for real estate and wealth seminars were plagiarized from another book written 10 years earlier, according to The New York Times.

The Times compared an excerpt from the Trump Institute’s 2006 book, “Billionaire’s Road Map to Success,” alongside the 1995 book, “Real Estate Mastery System: Mortgage and Finance,” and found a more than 100-word passage was lifted from the older book. The Democratic super-PAC American Bridge first noticed the similarity, according to the Times.

Trump appeared in an infomercial to plug the series as coming straight from himself, but in reality, the program was owned by a couple who were accused of fraud by customers and state regulators, alike.

Alan Garten, Trump’s counsel, told the paper he was unaware of the plagiarism charge and initially did not know of the fraud charges against the couple. While referring to the Institute as a “short-term licensing deal,” Garten added, “I stand by the curriculum that was taught both at Trump University and Trump Institute.”

Yeah, keep standing.

With poll numbers falling and the campaign struggling to raise funds, Trump can’t afford too many more scandals to arise.