It appears that Melania Trump may personally be behind the plagiarism in her speech at the Republican National Convention Monday night. Her speech contained exact phrases and sentences from the speech that first lady Michelle Obama gave at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. While the public wondered if Melania's speechwriters were to blame, the Trump campaign denied wrongdoing and began cycling through various creative, if completely unfeasible, explanations for the similarities in both women's speeches. Now, the New York Times says her speechwriters never saw the final version, which was written by Melania and an adviser.
Jason Miller, Trump's senior communications advisor, posted a vague statement on the Trump website that claimed that Ms. Trump's "team of writers" (the ones that she initially claimed didn't exist) "took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking." That statement addresses nothing, and as a bonus, actually makes zero sense.
On CNN, Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort said that no one would be fired over the huge error, because his feeling was the error did not exist. "To think that she would do something like that knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd. . . There's no cribbing of Michelle Obama's speech. These were common words and values. She cares about her family. To think that she'd be cribbing Michelle Obama's words is crazy." Yes, it is crazy, and yet it's undeniably true.