Melania Trump Accused of Copying Lines from Michelle Obama's 2008 DNC Speech
Melania Trump is being accused of lifting portions of her primetime RNC address from the remarks delivered by Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic convention.
Here are the passages that raised eyebrows and drew a firestorm of reaction on social media.
"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; that you do what you say," Trump said in Cleveland Monday night.
Critics noted that it was strikingly similar to what Mrs. Obama said in Denver eight years ago.
"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."
Melania Trump plagiarized Michelle Obama tonight, and here's the video to prove it: pic.twitter.com/gCDeJL04zY
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) July 19, 2016
Trump also said last night:
"Their integrity, compassion and intelligence reflects to this day on me and for my love of family and America," Trump said.
In 2008, the First Lady said in her address:
“My mother’s love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion and her intelligence reflected in my own daughters."
— Jarrett Hill (@JarrettHill) July 19, 2016
Trump lauded his wife's address, hours after taking the stage to personally introduce her to the adoring audience.
It was truly an honor to introduce my wife, Melania. Her speech and demeanor were absolutely incredible. Very proud! #GOPConvention
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2016
Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort denied the plagiarism allegations on CBS this morning, saying it was only three parts of the speech and "fragments of words."
"There was nothing she did in that speech that she thought was anybody's words but herself," he said, also saying that Mrs. Trump used "common words" in her address.
The Trump campaign also released a statement on the matter, saying Mrs. Trump and a "team of writers" crafted the address.
"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,” the statement read.
In an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC, Mrs. Trump said she wrote the speech with "little help." The interview was reportedly filmed before the speech was delivered.
Watch John Roberts' report above.
The plagiarism allegation quickly sparked the top trend on social media, as people poked fun using #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes, mockingly attributing famous quotes to her.
"I was born a poor, black child." #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— Y'assssssss Al Ghul (@beauty_jackson) July 19, 2016
"In west Philadelphia born and raised, on the playground was where I spent most of my days" - #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— phrozenthunda (@phrozenthunda) July 19, 2016
"Barack Obama is still the same man I fell in love with all those years ago." #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— Fielding Mellish (@n64k) July 19, 2016
— ࠆ (@illct) July 19, 2016
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— Keya Morgan (@KeyaMorgan) July 19, 2016
“I’m slim shady yes I’m the real shady all you other slim shadys are just imitating.”#FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) July 19, 2016