Did Melania Trump Plagiarize Parts of her Speech from Michelle Obama's Convention Address in 2008? Campaign Team Says no, Calls Accusations Absurd

By Katherine Pine, Parent Herald July 20, 10:11 am
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Melania Trump is in hot water right now after netizens and other prominent figures in the society noticed that her Republican National Convention speech was patterned from the convention address of now First Lady Michelle Obama back in 2008.

The Trump campaign team said that there is no plagiarism but some websites ran the speech through a plagiarism checker and found out that almost 50 percent of Melania's speech was allegedly copied from that of Michelle Obama.

WGN TV reported that Donald Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, said in a statement to CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day," that the allegations that Melania copied Obama's speech are absurd. He added, "To think that she would do something like that knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd."

Side-by-side comparisons of when Obama gave her speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and when Melania gave hers on Monday evening have been making rounds online. Transcripts of the two speeches have also surfaced making more people thin that she indeed plagiarized her statements. 

Accordingly, A Republican operative edited the speech of Melania and suggested changes as well as provided guidance to her before she went and read her message for the voters to know more about what she wants to do alongside Republican presumptive nominee, Donald.

The senior communications adviser of the Trump campaign team, Jason Miller, also released a statement regarding the speech of Melania being compared to that of Michelle Obama. He said that Melania's team of writers took notes on her life's aspirations and some of her fragments of thoughts were also written down in order to complete the speech. Her speech was mostly about being an immigrant, her values that she wants to pass on, and her love for Donald.

Melania also appeared on NBC with Matt Lauer and told him that she read her speech once because she wrote it and that she had as little help as possible.

Some of the comparisons being made from the speech of Melania and that of Michelle are the values that they have acquired from their parents as well as the phrase "that your word is your bond." The sentence, "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" is also similar to the speech of Obama.

Michelle Obama's version of that sentence reads: "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."

A website called The Washingtonian reportedly ran the speech of Melania on a plagiarism checker and found out 50 percent of the speech was copied directly from Obama's convention address.

Michelle Obama is yet to comment regarding Melania Trump's plagiarising her speech. 

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