In her first major political speech at the Republican National Convention Monday night, Melania Trump’s speech appeared to have been plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Donald Trump’s wife addressed a cheering crowd in Cleveland, Ohio, after he introduced her to the Republican National Convention. Melania portrayed her husband as a talented, compassionate and unrelenting leader who would unify the country if elected.
Her speech included phrases and even precise words that were identical to Michelle Obama’s 2008 address.
Here’s a paragraph of 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.”
And here’s almost the same paragraph of 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.”
When confronted about the similarities of her speech to Michelle Obama’s, she said: “I wrote it, with as little help as possible.”
“They’re nearly identical. Someone is seriously fired,” former Barack Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau tweeted about the similarities.
Melania has recently defended Donald Trump’s rhetoric to ban all Muslims from entering the United States by saying that “he wants to protect the people of America so we have a country and keep the country safe. That's very important to him."