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Major Controversy Regarding Melania Trump’s GOP Convention Speech

A section of Melania Trump's GOP Convention speech goes viral due to major similarities of one given by Michelle Obama in 2008.

I’m not understanding something here. Maybe it’s the fact that POTUS and FLOTUS are always skinned like an animal in a butcher shop (with regard to any and everything they do), or the sole fact that people love to hate more than they love to let their like for someone and what they do show.

Here, Melania Trump is accused of blatantly plagiarizing the words from a speech given by Michelle Obama in 2008. Melania, the wife of the infamous Republican presidential nominee, gave a speech at the republican National Convention last night in praise of her husband. The media came down hard on her. 

I’m not the one to switch lanes and move into politics here, but after listening Melania speech, people noticed – myself included – that a section of her speech sounds highly similar to that of Michelle’s during her speech at the Democratic Convention a little over eight years ago. The graph in question speaks on honesty, character and hard work.

Oh, how ironic is this, Mrs. Trump. What do you think everyone will say about YOUR honesty, YOUR character and YOUR hard work after all of this?

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Here’s a transcribed version of both Melania Trump’s speech in 2016 and Michelle Obama’s speech in 2008. If this isn’t college style plagiarism minutes before your term paper is due, then I don’t know what is.

MICHELLE OBAMA (2008):

“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; 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.”

MELANIA TRUMP (2016):

“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. 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.”

We were also able to snag a video snippet of Melania during an interview via Matt Lauer’s Twitter. The co-anchor of the Today Show tweeted that she wrote her speech with as little help as possible.

But doesn’t that imply that she got some kind of help? Hold on though. I am not the only one to give critique and scrutinize here. Journalist Jarrett Hill was one of the first to notice this error of exchange in Melania’s speech:

The aides in Mr. Trump camp declines anyone helping her write the speech. However, Jason Miller, a campaign spokesperson, suggests that Melania’s speech was written by other people who he failed to mention the names of. Of course he didn’t address the similarities pro bono, but he did stipulate Melania had “included fragments” from other people. Meanwhile, Mr. Trump goes on about how “incredible” his wife’s speech was:

Hey, don’t let me judge this alone. Let me know some of your thoughts on this.

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