On the opening night of the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump gave a speech. Many found similarities between her words and the lyrics from Rick Astley’s trolling anthem “Never Gonna Give You Up.” But it appears that Donald Trump’s wife not only misappropriates one-hit wonders from 80s, but also Michelle Obama.
Two paragraphs of Melania’s speech are seemingly stolen from Michelle Obama’s Michelle speech from the Democratic convention in 2008. Portions of Monday night’s speech are word-for-word the same as the one from 2008.
So many striking similarities.
“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. 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.”
“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 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.”
“I was born in Slovenia, a small, beautiful and then-Communist country in Central Europe. My sister, Ines, who is an incredible woman and a friend, and I were raised by my wonderful parents. My elegant and hard-working mother, Amalija, introduced me to fashion and beauty. My father, Viktor, instilled in me a passion for business and travel. Their integrity, compassion and intelligence reflects to this day on me and for my love of family and America.”
“And I come here as a daughter — raised on the South Side of Chicago by a father who was a blue-collar city worker and a mother who stayed at home with my brother and me. 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.”
It’s like Melania had a term paper due at 9 a.m. and she started writing it at 8:26 a.m.
Television journalist Jarrett Hill may have been the first one to notice the similarities.
Well, maybe her speechwriter plagiarized it and didn’t tell her. Oh wait. Melania contends that she wrote the speech “with little help as possible.”
Jon Favreau, Obama’s chief speechwriter from 2005 – 2013, presented this interesting tidbit.
Trump’s camp has denied the allegations of plagiarism.
“To think that she would do something like that knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd,” Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort told CNN. “There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These were common words and values. She cares about her family. To think that she’d be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy.”
Twitter pounced on Melania for her apparent theirvery and mocked her mercilessly. Since late last night, the hashtag #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes has been the #1 trending topic, and it has been brutal.
If Melania is smart she will release a video on Snapchat that shows that she received permission from Michelle to use her 2008 speech.
Or maybe Melania could steal a page out of Vanilla Ice’s book and defend her actions by saying something like this.