Melania Trump’s speech appears to plagiarize Michelle Obama
In her first major political speech, presumptive US Republican Party nominee Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, has apparently lifted a paragraph from Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Melania addressed a cheering crowd at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday after a brief introduction from Trump where she portrayed her husband as a talented, compassionate and unrelenting leader who, if elected, would unify the country.
Melania’s speech included phrases and even precise words from Michelle Obama’s 2008 address.
Following is the paragraph in question from Melania’s speech:
“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,” said the Slovenian-born jewelry designer and former model.
And, here is the paragraph from Michelle’s 2008 speech.
“And 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,” she said, according to a transcript of her speech.
Melania claimed she wrote her speech “with as little help as possible,” but Convention speeches are often written by campaign aides, not by speakers themselves.
“I have been with Donald for 18 years and I have been aware of his love for this country since we first met,” she told the convention. “He’s tough when he has to be, but he’s also kind and fair and caring.”
“Donald wants prosperity for all Americans,” the aspiring first lady said with loud applause and cheering from the crowd.