Wife of U.S Presidential aspirant, Donald Trump, Melania Trump has put herself on a hot seat, after she plagiarized Michelle Obama‘s speech.
At the Republican National Convention on Monday night, Melanie plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech 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.
Melania Trump, Republican National Convention 2016:
“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 life.
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 willingness to work for them.”
Michelle Obama, Democratic National Convention 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 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.”
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.”
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 19, 2016