Melania Trump Accused Of Plagiarizing Parts Of Michelle Obama’s 2008 Convention Address

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At least one passage in Melania Trump’s speech Monday night at the Republican National Convention sounds eerily similar to Michelle Obama’s address to the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

Side-by-side comparisons of the transcripts show the text in Trump’s address following, nearly to the word, the first lady’s own from the first night of the Democratic convention in Denver nearly eight years ago.

The controversy quickly overshadowed the speech, which was to have been her introduction to voters. It focused on her immigration to the US and her love for her husband.

A Republican operative familiar with how the campaign was handling the speeches said a number of senior aides had a role, edited Melania’s speech, suggested changes and provided guidance.

The Trump campaign released a statement on the speech after the similarities were uncovered, but the statement did not mention the plagiarism charge.

“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,” according to Jason Miller, the senior communications adviser.

Earlier in the day, Melania Trump told NBC’s Matt Lauer: “I read once over it, that’s all, because I wrote it … with (as) little help as possible.”

Here is Trump, on Monday:

“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.”

And here is Obama, on August 25, 2008:

“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.”

The reaction:

“(To be honest), I was more offended by just about every other speech than Melania’s plagiarized paragraphs,” former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau jokingly tweeted as the accusations went viral hours after Trump’s address.

Jarrett Hill seems to have been one of the first to notice the similarities on Twitter.

He’s a big fan of the Obamas, and told CNN over the phone that one particular line from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech really spoke to him: “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.”

When he heard Melania Trump start saying “the only limit to your achievements,” he new something was wrong.

Hill said he then Googled Michelle Obama’s speech and saw the similar lines.

“It was kind of a total recall moment,” he said.

After he posted the comparison on Twitter, his tweet garnered 16,000 retweets.

“Um. This is becoming a thing,” he later tweeted.

Never gonna let you down?

In an even stranger twist, some on social media posited that Trump surreptitiously Rickrolled everyone in the middle of her speech.

“He will never give up,” she said of her husband. “And most importantly, he will never, ever let you down.”

The chorus of the 80s classic sounds very similar: “Never gonna give you up/ Never gonna let you down/ Never gonna run around and desert you.”

A bit of background — Rickrolling is where you get someone to unwittingly click on a link to the video of the Rick Astley song “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

So, for example, if someone were to tell you to click here, saying it’s another article about Melania Trump, and you click, you have been Rickrolled.


  • Jethro Bodine

    Like the sun setting at night and rising in the morning, you can always count on the amateurish 5News posting other networks’ stories revealing ad nauseam their liberal bias. Lest we forget that Joe Biden plagiarized an entire speech once and plagiarized an article while he was a law student. More recently Crooked Hillary copied from former Sen. John Edwards, Obama copied former Mass. governor Deval Patrick, and the aforementioned ‘Mooch’ Obama took lines made in her 2008 speech the media are referencing from Saul Alinsky. I go could on. But you won’t here any of this from the media. No they don’t report the facts – they don’t get both sides of the story – they just cover for the corrupt democrat party because THEY ARE THE DEMOCRAT PARTY. All morning, the disgusting Clinton News Network cannot stop bashing Mrs. Trump’s wonderful, heartfelt speech. The equally abhorrent MSNBC can hardly contain themselves either. But is refreshing to hear the callers on C-SPAN this morning rolling their collective eyes at the media. Most of us know the game the media and democrats are playing, and it’s just not going to work.

  • arnold fudpucker

    So what if Trump copied some verbiage. The holier than thou democraps have been doing the same for decades counting their crooked candidate Shrillary. Let’s just be glad Trump didn’t copy Moochelle’s looks! Now that would be disgusting.

  • Richard S. Drake

    Trump campaign accuses Obama administration of “misusing” time travel technology
    Richard S. Drake/July 19, 2016
    Street Jazz blog/Arkansas Times
    A GOP spokesman today denied allegations that Melania Trump “borrowed” parts of her speech to the GOP convention, and said that the incident proved what Donald Trump has believed all along – that the Obama administration has been using time travel technology in order to profit politically.

    “It’s the only thing that makes any sort of sense in the situation,” said Harry Glutmann on Fox News this morning. “Clearly, Michelle Obama was allowed to use this technology some years ago so that she could travel to the future and steal the words of others, in order to make herself seem articulate and smartified.”

    When asked for proof, Glutmann said, “Have you never seen the documentary series Time Tunnel? You think they just made that stuff up? And by the way, Time Tunnel was a lot better than that English show where the guy runs around in a port-a-potty.”

    The dangers to the space/time continuum should not be downplayed, the GOP spokesman insisted. “Imagine a world where Donald Trump didn’t win the GOP nomination. Imagine a world where Donald Trump wasn’t the richest man in history with the biggest hands of anyone in the financial world?”

    Dr. Heinz Leinster of Trump University announced that they had been aware of the problem for some time, citing incidents where Barack Obama has traveled into the 22nd Century and pilfered from speeches made in the future.

    “We’d tell you which speeches they are, but unlike the Democrats, we treat rips in the fabric of time seriously.”

    While Glutmann was on the phone to Fox News, a stentorian voice could be heard shouting in the background, “Four score and seven years ago? No! It has to be huge! Four hundred score and 70 years ago!”

    • arnold fudpucker

      Nice try at being cute there Dick but you still come across as a demoncrat sycophant. You shouldn’t be hitting the kool-aid this early before the DNC/Socialists convention.

    • arnold fudpucker

      Hey dick! Have you seen the videos of your buddy obumma plagiarizing Deval Patrick during his ’08 campaign speech? Of course you saw it but we all know you won’t admit so. What is it about libs that makes them so blind? Knock off the kool-aid for awhile that might help. It’s just a matter of time before we find out who Moochelle stole her speech from!

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