Yesterday, all anyone could talk about was the eerily close similarities between the speeches of Melania Trump, wife of presidential candidate Donald Trump and current First Lady Michelle Obama (check it out here). While many were quick to argue that Melanie's speech constituted plagiarism, others were hard at work pulling together the funniest memes using the #MelaniaTrumpFamousQuotes hashtag. Others wondered who was going to take the inevitable fall for this (very funny) public relations disaster.
As it turns out, speechwriter Meredith McIver is the lucky woman in question. She took the blame for the phrasing of Melania's speech, which awkwardly mirrored the address made by Michelle Obama in 2008. Apparently she even offered to resign, but Trump thought she'd done enough for the cause and rejected that motion. Here's her letter, released by Trump's people.
In working with Melania Trump on her recent First Lady speech, we discussed many people who inspired her and messages she wanted to share with the American people. A person she has always liked is Michelle Obama. Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama's speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech.
And here's where she becomes even more sacrificial lamb:
I apologise for the confusion and hysteria my mistake has caused. I am also a longtime admirer and friend of the Trump family.
Let's just say Meredith McIver has probably been elevated to lifelong friend of the Trump family now.