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Melania Trump Plagiarized Her RNC Speech From Michelle Obama

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Melania Trump Plagiarized Her RNC Speech From Michelle Obama

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There is always another, lower, weirder level when it comes to this campaign. Setting aside all the jingoism, fear-mongering, xenophobia, and death-cult-like behavior on display last night at the RNC in Cleveland, the story that overshadowed all of that, probably because it was all so predictable and par for the course, is how it seems Melania Trump plagiarized portions of her speech from one that Michelle Obama gave in 2008.

“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,” she said in part, echoing almost to the word things Obama said years ago.



The Trump campaign has denied any wrongdoing. No one saw that coming.

“To think that she would do something like that knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd,” Paul Manafort of Trump’s campaign told CNN.

Trump’s speech was written mostly by herself, she insisted earlier.

Check out the passages, below.

Trump:


“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 lives. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son,” Trump said.

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.”


Obama:


“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 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.”


Just to be clear, this is a relative minor offense, if only when compared to the dozens of other horrific speeches given that night.