August 23, 2016
Donald Trump’s Reaction to His Wife Melania’s Plagiarism Accusations
Many are curious to know how Republican presidential candidate and business magnate Donald Trump would respond to the accusation that his wife Melania Trump’s speech at the RNC plagiarized Michelle Obama’s convention speech from 2008.
The speech sparked an upsurge of ridicule on Twitter. Hashtags such as “FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes” were used by users to poke fun at Melania’s apparent plagiarism while using iconic quotes credited to the Republican presidential candidate’s wife.
Trump’s campaign released a statement regarding Melania’s speech. The statement read, “In her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writes took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments of that reflected her own thinking.”
“Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through her in her speech, which made it such a success.”
The first person to notice the similarities between Michelle Obama’s and Melania Trump’s words was Jarrett Hill, a journalist. Trump’s speech used the phrases “your word is your bond,” “we want our children in this nation…to know the limits of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them” and “work hard for what you want in life,” which were similar to the phrases used in Obama’s 2008 speech.
In a pre-recorded interview with Matt Lauer, Melania Trump stated, “I wrote it…with as little help as possible.”
Donald Trump’s response, however, provided another story. His response seemed to largely blame Melania’s team of writers, stating that his wife only provided “fragments” for the speech.
According to Jason Miller, Trump’s senior communications adviser for his campaign, “Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking.”
Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, stated that Melania “hit it out of the park” and even added that the speech wasn’t plagiarized. He openly repudiated the plagiarism accusations. Manafort stated that Melania’s speech only employed language that’s often used.
According to Manafort, “there was no cribbing from Michelle Obama’s speech.”
“These were common words and values, that she cares about her family and things like that. She was speaking in front of 35 million people last night. She knew that. To think she would be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy,” he added.
He added that the upheaval over Melania’s speech shows how the country is trying to “demean” women who are condemning Hillary Clinton.
Reince Priebus, RNC Chairman, also defended Melania. According to Reince, he would “probably” fire the one who wrote the script if it were his choice. Reince said that Melania “did a great job last night.” He thought “she had a great immigrant story” as well as “was very inspirational.”
Melania’s public speech was planned to achieve a more intimate portrayal of Donald Trump. However, her speech instead incited accusations that her words copied those in Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech. This created a huge distraction for Donald’s campaign as well as the Republican convention machine managed by Priebus.
Priebus shared that “the distraction gets you off message a little bit this morning, but I think we’ll get back to action this afternoon.”