Did Melania Trump plagiarise Michelle Obama’s speech? Here’s the evidence
That's the question setting the internet world ablaze this morning. And in all honesty, it gives us a brief reprieve from the increasingly messy and embarrassing Taylor Swift vs Kim Kardashian and Kanye West mud-slinging match (sorry, Melania, but it's true). As you're probably aware, many news sites have taken great pains to transcribe the speeches of Melania Trump and Michelle Obama, comparing them side by side and noting their similarities. Whether it's a case of unconscious osmosis (Michelle's speech was pretty great - we don't blame peeps for trying to emulate it) or blatant plagiarism - we're probably never going to get the truth. This is a presidential campaign, not journalism school, after all.
Variety, in particular, did a stellar job of picking up on the glaringly obvious crossovers - not just in themes - but phrasing and language. Check it out:
Melania Trump's speech in 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 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 is the only limits to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.
Michelle Obama's speech from 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.
Still not convinced? Check out this video below, shared by @mikehearn on Twitter. Unfortunately, side by side, Melania's public speaking skills struggle to match the impact of those of the current First Lady.
So that's pretty blatant, right? pic.twitter.com/EPnHME7afV— Mike Hearn (@mikehearn) July 19, 2016
Now, that's what we call awkward. We're betting someone in Trump's camp is getting a major tongue lashing right now.
Meanwhile, Melania's husband Donald Trump has been quick to praise his wife's speech. In his statement, he placed subtle blame at Melania's team of speech writers: "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."
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