Donald Trump is certainly a different type of candidate. At least that’s how the Republican establishment likes to explain him. One of the less talked about different things about Trump is how little his wife – the would be first lady – actually makes any public statements. Melania Trump is seemingly as shy in front of cameras as her husband is aggressive in seeking them.
On Monday night, Melania gave a speech at the Repubican National Convention about Donald Trump. As Buzzfeed reports, a section of her speech was virtually identical to a section in first lady Michelle Obama’s Democratic convention speech in 2008.
Melania Trump spoke of the hard work that her parents instilled in her, about treating people with respect and wanting a better future for children. All of these were seemingly ripped right from Michelle Obama’s address. You can see the comparison here:
Buzzfeed attempted to reach the Trump campaign for comment. It did not immediately respond. Two former Obama administration staffers identified the original speech writer – the one who wrote Mrs. Obama’s speech – as Sarah Hurwitz. She now works in the White House as one of the president’s special assistants.
A former Obama speechwriter who spoke to Buzzfeed, Jon Favreau, said he had “no idea” how something like this could happen.
“A stray line or phrase could be a mistake. Two full paragraphs from the current First Lady is just incomprehensible. I can’t believe someone would do that to her,” he added.
Here’s the video of that portion of both speeches:
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) July 19, 2016
Melania Trump’s apparent plagiarism is particularly offensive because it lifted three aspects of Michelle Obama’s speech which should never be spoken by a Trump:
First, it lifted the portion mentioning being instilled with hard word as a value. While Michelle and Barack Obama certainly personify that, Melania Trump does not. In fact, it would be hard to believe that she has put in a hard day’s work in her life. The same is true of her husband.
Second, she lifted the portion of the First Lady’s speech where she talks about keeping your word and doing what you say. Again, that can hardly be a statement made about Donald Trump. He has now developed an unprecedented string of promises that he either has walked back or he simply cannot make.
Third, Melania Trump lifted the portion of Mrs. Obama’s speech where she states that “you treat people with respect.” Donald Trump has shown that there are few people on the face of the planet who have less respect for people than Donald Trump.
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