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Did Trump’s wife really steal Michelle Obama’s words? You decide

Melania Trump (Photo Source: Twitter/ @GOPconvention)

Melania Trump (Photo Source: Twitter/ @GOPconvention)

If you watched last night’s Republican National Convention broadcast, it was full of spectacle, false hope and allegedly plagiarism. Particularly interesting was the speech given by Donald Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, because she appears to have lifted multiple sentences from a 2008 speech given by first lady Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, plagiarism is defined as “the act of using another person’s words or ideas without giving credit to that person: the act of plagiarizing something.” Looking at the words of Melania Trump, it is clear there is an issue with her prepared speech.

Last night Melania Trump stated:

“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.”

In 2008 Michelle Obama said:

“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 to 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.”

The Trump organization called the accusation of plagiarism ridiculous and issued the following statement:
“In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.”

-Jason Miller, Senior Communications Advisor

Before her speech, Melania Trump gave an interview on CNN and stated she wrote her speech with as little help as possible. Now it seems what help she got would amount to plagiarism in the majority of academic institutions in the United States.


  1. Peri on July 19, 2016 at 10:43 am

    So what is your point with this.

    • Rainmaker on July 19, 2016 at 11:47 am

      That she, Trump and his team are individuals who live inside their own sound bites without any depth of original nor truly analytic thought. It is OBVIOUS and undeniable (yet they deny) that these words were lifted from Mrs. Obama’s speech

  2. cupcake333 on July 19, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    MELANIE can take her playboy bunny education and teach hue hefner
    playgirls how to pose nude and bring kim kardashian as her assistant, while both do selfies ,,,,, cause she sure as hell aint got no degree
    and anyone can have a make up and clotline i dont know anyone who
    buys her products evanka products is bullsh..t too. ..
    i really feel she lack a first lady status if our kids can see her
    spread eagle on a jet like she ? jena jamison WHY IS HILARY
    milani is sneaky and can barely tell you where lincoln is buried i bet ,.. trump lost his trump card bringing her out . like an elephant in the room great try but while he dissin immigrants he better look at milani motive for marriage .. i smell citizenship she couldnt love him .. and i smell divorce if she get in cause that boring white house will not keep her happy.. unless she become jacky kennedy and decorate it like a penthouse !! wtf do 2 rich folk want to live in the white house for? they can give dinner parties at mira largo!!!!! that big ass mansion in fla… but trump seeks power .. AND HIS SONS WILL BE RUNNING 10 YEARS FROM NOW TRUST