Melania Trump has some explaining to do after Monday night’s RNC speech. Apparently either the Trump speech writer was a fan of Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech, or just ironically, Trump’s happens to sound similar. Yeah, right.
“Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values, that 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,” Obama told the gathering of Democrats in 2008.
“And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and 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.”
Trump told GOP delegates on Monday: “From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that 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.
Melania Trump plagiarized Michelle Obama tonight, and here's the video to prove it: pic.twitter.com/gCDeJL04zY
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) July 19, 2016
“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.”
— Jarrett Hill (@JarrettHill) July 19, 2016
People in Trump’s camp seems to be on the fence about whether the speech was copied.
On Tuesday morning, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort said there was no way that happened.
“There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech,” Manafort told CNN, adding “there’s no feeling on her part that she did it.” Manafort said she was simply using “words that are common words”.
But on the other had, Jason Miller, the campaign’s senior communications adviser and Trump’s speechwriter, said Melania Trump’s speech used “fragments” of others’ speeches that “reflected her own thinking”.
Yeah, let’s just try telling that to a college professor after using someone else’s words in a paper.