Whole lines mirrored Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech.
On opening night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, Melania Trump took the stage to make an impassioned speech in support of her husband, Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee in November’s US presidential election.
The speech was well received, with the audience giving her several standing ovations – but it didn’t take long for people to notice some eerie similarities to another speech, at another political convention.
In 2008, Michelle Obama addressed the Democratic National Convention when her husband, Barack Obama, was the nominee. Parts of that speech were echoed by Melania Trump on Monday night. The passages in question came near the beginning of the speech:
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.”
Michelle Obama, 2008: “Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: like, you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond, that you do what you say you’re going to do, that you treat people with dignity and respect…”
The similarities didn’t stop there.
Melania Trump, 2016: “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.”
Michelle Obama, 2008: “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 hard for them.”
Los Angeles based journalist Jarrett Hill, recognizing Michelle’s words coming out of Melania’s mouth, was the first to call her out on Twitter.
— Jarrett Hill (@JarrettHill) July 19, 2016
On Tuesday morning, the Trump campaign refuted the plagiarism allegations. On CNN’s New Day with Chris Cuomo, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort dismissed the charges.
“To think that she would do something like that knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd,” said Manafort.
“There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These were common words and values. She cares about her family,” Manafort continued. “To think that she’d be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy.”
Comment: Do you think Melania stole parts of her speech from Michelle?