The Twitter world reacted harshly to Melania Trump seemingly plagiarizing Michelle Obama. Donald Trump’s wife made a speech on Monday night at the Republican National Convention and there were two paragraphs that similarly mirrored Michelle Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech from 2008. The Trump campaign has denied the allegation that she stole parts of the speech and now have gone on the offensive against Hillary Clinton.
Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort held a press briefing on Tuesday morning to fight the allegations. He went so far as to say that the Clinton campaign was the first to point out similarities between the two speeches and then said Hillary is “threatened” by Melania.
“There’s a political tint to this whole issue. We’ve noted that the Clinton camp was the first to get it out there, trying to say there was something untoward about the speech Melania Trump gave. It’s just another example, as far as we’re concerned, that when Hillary Clinton is threatened by a female, the first thing she does is try to destroy the person.”
“It’s politics,” Manafort said. “We recognize it, and we’re just going to move on.”
Then Donald Trump’s senior advisor Sarah Huckabee Sanders also attacked Clinton in an effort to defend Melania. Huckabee appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom where she commented on Melania’s speech.
“I thought Melania did a great job last night. And look, here’s the real question; no one is going to accuse Melania of saying this is the first time she’s ever been proud to be an American, when her husband was nominated to be president. I thought she did a remarkable job…”
When host Martha MacCallum asked if anyone deserved to be fired over the possibly plagiarized speech, Huckabee said, “I think the person who ought to be fired is Hillary Clinton. She broke the law and that’s been completely ignored.”
Meanwhile, Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus had someone else in mind to fire over the seemingly plagiarized speech.
The RNC boss was speaking at a Bloomberg Politics breakfast in Cleveland and he said this about Melania, “I don’t blame her.”
“Some of these things are pretty common types of themes,” the RNC Chair stated. “The distraction gets you off message a little bit this morning, but I think we’ll get back to action this afternoon.”
Priebus said if it was up to him he would “probably” fire Melania’s speechwriter.
He praised Melania’s speech and called it a “great immigrant story” and “very inspirational.”
Before the whole speechghazi controversy erupted, Melania said that she wrote most of her speech herself.
“I read once over it and that’s all, because I wrote it, and with as little help as possible,” she told NBC News before her speech Monday night.
The Trumpster fired back over the allegations of speech-stealing by sharing a video that highlights several times that it appears that Barack Obama possibly plagiarized other speakers.
All this after one day at the RNC. This week should be fun.