A new lawsuit alleges that Chelsea Clinton should have known parts of her recent children’s book were plagiarized from an earlier work — and, nevertheless, she persisted in publishing it.
According to the New York Post, Albany, New York-based author Christopher Janes Kimberley alleges that parts of “She Persisted,” the profoundly opportunistic kids’ tome released by the former first child and liberal-gadfly-without-portfolio, was stolen from a pitch for his proposed book, “A Heart is the Part That Makes Boys And Girls Smart.”
In a suit filed last Thursday in the Southern District of New York court, Kimberley, 56, alleged that he sent a pitch for the illustrated kids’ book to Jennifer Loja, president of Penguin Young Readers, back in May of 2013.
The book included quotes from female leaders; at least three of the same quotes from figures Kimberley included — Helen Keller, Harriet Tubman and Nellie Bly — appeared in Clinton’s book. In his suit, Kimberley says that Loja passed the idea on to Clinton, who then used it for her book.
According to the U.K. Daily Mail, Kimberly had also issued a cease-and-desist order to Penguin in April, before the book’s May 30 publishing date.
The suit notes that “She Persisted” chronicles “13 American Women Who Changed the World” and alleges it’s an “unauthorized reproduction of (Kimberly’s) work.”
“The appearance of impropriety is striking,” it adds.
In an interview with the Post, Kimberley was significantly less decorous regarding Clinton’s alleged plagiarism.“I did months of painstaking research on my book. Her version looks like a ninth-grade homework assignment,” he said. “I am in disbelief.”
I could talk about the implied insult to ninth graders, but what did Kimberley expect? The whole concept on the book was hung on the flimsy premise of a turn of phrase from Mitch McConnell — a phrase which Democrats hid behind to cover the fact that Elizabeth Warren got kicked off the Senate floor for demagogically referring to attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions as a racist.
If you’re going to base a children’s book around that and publish it in the space of roughly three months, it’s going to be insubstantial and unoriginal. Why should we be so surprised that the ideas undergirding it weren’t hers?
Kimberley’s suit is claiming $150,000 in damages. I suppose I wouldn’t worry if I were Chelsea; I’m sure the Clinton Foundation has enough in the petty cash drawer to cover that one.
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