The Donald Trump campaign has released a statement on plagiarism accusations against his wife, Melania Trump. Her speech during the Republican National Convention on Monday has been compared to that of Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention. Trump has said Melania took notes on her “life’s inspirations” and included her own “thinking”.
The entire statement reads, “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.”
Melania Trump took the stage at the Republican National Convention on Monday to urge America to vote for her husband to be the next President. There are portions of her speech that are viral on social media, as words have been directly lifted from Michella Obama’s speech in 2008.
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Following is a passage from Melania’s speech:
“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 me to show the values and morals in my daily life. That is the 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.”
And here’s what Michella said in 2008:
“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.
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.”
Not convinced? Take a listen to this:
So that’s pretty blatant, right? pic.twitter.com/EPnHME7afV
— Mike Hearn (@mikehearn) July 19, 2016