Melania Trump gave a rousing speech at the Republican National Convention Monday night, but she apparently copied large portions of it from First Lady Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic National Convention speech. Oh, the irony.
Here is a video of the First Lady's 2008 "One Nation" speech alongside Melania Trump's speech at the 2016 RNC. It's almost like watching an echo.
Although plagiarism could get you expelled from college, this is the RNC, so there are no rules.
Here is the excerpt of Michelle's speech that may have heavily inspired Melania's.
You work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them.
And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and to pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.
Here is the specific part of Melania's speech that seems way too familiar:
You work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise. That you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily life. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son.
And we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.
Earlier in the day, Mr. and Mrs. Trump spoke to Matt Lauer about her upcoming speech where she told him she "wrote it with as little help as possible."
Well, more proof Republicans have been blocking out everything the Obamas have been saying for seven plus years.
In a statement following the plagiarism controversy, Trump's communications advisor Jason Miller (poor guy) released this statement:
In writing her beautiful speech, Melania's team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.
There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. Certainly, there's no feeling on her part that she did it. What she did was use words that are common words.
Of course, family and hard work are common themes found in many speeches, but could she not even be bothered to switch around the order of the sentences she copied? Anyway, he added:
I mean, she was speaking in front of 35 million people last night. She knew that. To think that she would be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy.
I mean, this is, once again, an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down. It's not going to work.
Of course, Hillary Clinton was not the interviewer pressing Manafort for an answer on the similarities between the speeches.
It's certainly hard to argue that Melania didn't copy Michelle's speech when you have the two transcripts next to each other. Now, look forward to this issue getting overshadowed by some more crazy stuff at the convention later this week.