In a Trumpian era in which previously unacceptable societal transgressions are now entirely surmountable, the plagiarism taboo seems to have held up, give or take. Following a KFile report on instances of plagiarism discovered in Monica Crowley‘s 2012 book and a Politico report on instances of plagiarism in her Ph.D. dissertation, Crowley announced she won’t be taking up that senior director of strategic communications role at the National Security Council.
“After much reflection I have decided to remain in New York to pursue other opportunities and will not be taking a position in the incoming administration,” she said in a statement to the Washington Times, who first reported the news.
Crowley isn’t the first Trump communications appointee to bow out out of her role before Trump places his hand on the bible Friday. Last month, Jason Miller declined the White House communications director role four days after accepting it, using the classically suspect spending-more-time-with-family excuse as an explanation.