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Melania Trump Lifted Part Of RNC Speech Nearly Word-For-Word From Michelle Obama

Melania Trump, wife of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE
Melania Trump, wife of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE

The first night of the RNC featured a heavy dose of Benghazi, many utterances of “radical Islamic terrorism,” and huge cheers about another cop being cleared of culpability for Freddie Gray’s death. Watching the proceedings in real time, Melania Trump’s speech about her family and experience as an immigrant stood out as one of the night’s relatively low key, unremarkable moments (aside from her husband’s flashy entrance).

But after Melania finished, journalist Jarrett Hill noticed something strange about her speech — a part of it was lifted almost word-for-word from Michelle Obama’s 2008 address to the Democratic National Convention.

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As the controversy swirled on social media, Trump Senior Communications Advisor Jason Miller — the guy who deleted a number of anti-Trump tweets after he was hired by the campaign last month — released a statement that didn’t address the apparent plagiarism, but merely indicated Melania’s speech was written by writers who included “fragments” of her own thinking:

But former Barack Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau noted the irony of Melania Trump lifting material from Michelle Obama while putting the plagiarism allegation in the broader context of an evening where no attack on Hillary Clinton seemed off limits.

Update:

Tuesday morning, Trump officials took to TV to deny that Melania plagiarized Michelle, with Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort saying Melania did nothing more than use “common words.”

Trump surrogate Chris Christie, meanwhile, made a case that no plagiarism had occurred because 93 percent of Melania’s speech was original.