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Cleveland - Melania Trump's Speech Appears To Have Cribbed From Michelle Obama's In 2008

Published on: July 19, 2016 08:26 AM
Last updated on: July 19, 2016 09:11 AM
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Melania Trump, wife of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016.    REUTERS/Aaron P. BernsteinMelania Trump, wife of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Cleveland -  The Trump campaign on Tuesday dismissed criticism that Melania Trump directly lifted two passages nearly word-for-word from the speech that first lady Michelle Obama delivered in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention, calling the complaints “just absurd.”

“There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech,” Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager, said Tuesday morning in a CNN interview. “Certainly, there’s no feeling on her part that she did it,” he said. “What she did was use words that are common words.”

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Mrs. Trump’s star turn at the Republican National Convention Monday night captivated a GOP crowd that had rarely heard from the wife of Donald Trump. The passages in question focused on lessons that Trump’s wife says she learned from her parents and the relevance of their lessons in her experience as a mother.

Manafort said Mrs. Trump was aware of “how her speech was going to be scrutinized” and said any notion that she picked up portions of Mrs. Obama’s convention talk was “just absurd.” He also tried to blame Hillary Clinton.

“I mean, this is, once again, an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down,” Manafort said. “It’s not going to work.”

The White House declined to comment on similarities between the two prime-time speeches, but the issue is likely to arise at the daily White House briefing.

The passages in question came near the beginning of Mrs. Trump’s roughly 10-minute speech. Her address was otherwise distinct from the address that Mrs. Obama gave when then-Sen. Barack Obama was being nominated for president.

In Mrs. Trump’s speech in Cleveland, she said: “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.”

In Mrs. Obama’s 2008 speech in Denver, she said: “And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: like, you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond, that 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.”

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said he would “probably” fire his speechwriters if they lifted passages from someone else’s remarks. Priebus told reporters at a Bloomberg breakfast that the controversy was a “distraction” but said he expected the convention to get back on message Tuesday.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tried to tamp down the controversy, saying “93 percent of the speech is completely different” from the speech Mrs. Obama delivered. Christie said on NBC’s “Today” show that the women “expressed some common thoughts.” He did not explain how he arrived at the 93 percent figure.

Christie, a prominent Trump supporter who was set to speak at the convention later Tuesday night, predicted no one would be talking about the issue after Tuesday.

Another passage with notable similarities that follows two sentences later in Mrs. Trump’s speech addresses her attempts to instill those values in her son.

“We need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow,” Mrs. Trump said. “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 the first lady’s 2008 speech, she said, “Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values and to pass them onto 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 hard for them.”

Trump’s campaign initially responded that Mrs. Trump’s “immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech.” The statement didn’t mention Mrs. Obama. “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,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller said.

In an interview with NBC News taped ahead of her convention appearance and posted online early Tuesday, Mrs. Trump said of her speech, “I wrote it.” She added that she had “a little help.”

On the whole, Mrs. Trump presented a softer and gentler candidate. She said: “He is tough when he has to be, but he is also kind and fair and caring. This kindness is not always noted, but it is there for all to see. That is one reason I fell in love with him to begin with.”

The Slovenian-born former model, 24 years her husband’s junior, also reintroduced herself, showing poise as well as devotion to her adopted country and to her husband’s cause. Mrs. Trump, appearing in a striking white dress with elbow-length sleeves ending in big, puffy cuffs, spoke after an uncharacteristically brief introduction from her husband, who kissed her and called her “my wife, an amazing mother, an incredible woman.”



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 Jul 19, 2016 at 08:48 AM Boochie Says:

Seriously? I don't think she should be giving speeches at all, but in all fairness my work har gave me that same speech everyday

There aren't so many ways to say "your word is your bond" or "work hard....."

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 Jul 19, 2016 at 09:05 AM hashomer Says:

Amateur night, again. Trump reportedly going nuts over this gaff. Sadly, the wife thrown under the bus on this. Wow.

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 Jul 19, 2016 at 09:26 AM Anonymous Says:

That's the worst the media can find on Trump? These Trump "controversies" is the reason why I'm voting for him.

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 Jul 19, 2016 at 09:44 AM SandraM Says:

Obama did the same. Many of his speeches have elements lifted from others.

Politics is one big game. Obama didnt write her speech either in 2008.

Its all show, all parties, everyone one of them.

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 Jul 19, 2016 at 09:50 AM SandmanNY Says:

Such liberal media kleinekeit - again. If there were any blatant similarities, deal with the speech writer. Trump has my vote because HilLIARy will say anything and end up doing nothing. So said Obama about her in 2008. Check her record of accomplishment as a senator. Next to nothing.

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 Jul 19, 2016 at 09:53 AM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

That's the worst the media can find on Trump? These Trump "controversies" is the reason why I'm voting for him.

If a Democrat had done this, you'd be all over her...if some kid did this to your child's paper, you'd be in the principal's office protesting...but hands off your Fuhrer's Frau. Folks like you lack principle even on the indefensible silly stuff.

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 Jul 19, 2016 at 09:59 AM Steinberg Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

That's the worst the media can find on Trump? These Trump "controversies" is the reason why I'm voting for him.

If you look at the totality of each of the many controversial events, a pattern emerges that suggests that this low-life is not fit to be President on the basis of character or preparedness or experience. G-D help us if he becomes President

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 Jul 19, 2016 at 10:43 AM Anonymous Says:

I don't think Democrats can complain.

Joe Biden plagiarized a speech while running for president back in the 80s. He then withdrew from the race.

The Democrats still elected him as Vice President.

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 Jul 19, 2016 at 10:46 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
hashomer Says:

Amateur night, again. Trump reportedly going nuts over this gaff. Sadly, the wife thrown under the bus on this. Wow.

You wish. This is gornisht mit gornisht. If anything it was the speech writers fault. Nice try though haha.

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 Jul 19, 2016 at 10:59 AM BLONDI Says:

Can't wait till bill talks nice about his wife!,,she's a great mom and mother. Cares about woman man and other

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 Jul 19, 2016 at 11:03 AM . Says:

Plagiarism is a big deal. But Melania doesn't speak English, so she probably didn't know what was in that speech.

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 Jul 19, 2016 at 11:10 AM Anonymous Says:

Melania claimed to write the speech with very little help.

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 Jul 19, 2016 at 11:19 AM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #5  
SandmanNY Says:

Such liberal media kleinekeit - again. If there were any blatant similarities, deal with the speech writer. Trump has my vote because HilLIARy will say anything and end up doing nothing. So said Obama about her in 2008. Check her record of accomplishment as a senator. Next to nothing.

Her Senatorial voting record on Israel is near perfect...check that record big boy. But, chas v'shalom, don't let facts get in the way of polemics. Heil Trump

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 Jul 19, 2016 at 11:32 AM clear-thinker Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I don't think Democrats can complain.

Joe Biden plagiarized a speech while running for president back in the 80s. He then withdrew from the race.

The Democrats still elected him as Vice President.

So you are suggesting that Trump should withdraw from the race and run for VP next time?

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 Jul 19, 2016 at 11:46 AM ayinglefunadorf Says:

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clear-thinker Says:

So you are suggesting that Trump should withdraw from the race and run for VP next time?

"Trump should withdraw from the race" and go back to Germany where he was born

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 Jul 19, 2016 at 12:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
clear-thinker Says:

So you are suggesting that Trump should withdraw from the race and run for VP next time?

Do you think that's what I was suggesting?

I was suggesting that if the Democrats have no issue with electing a Vice President who withdrew from a presidential race after being caught plagiarizing then it would be hypocritical for them to complain about a potential First Lady.

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 Jul 19, 2016 at 12:12 PM clear-thinker Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Do you think that's what I was suggesting?

I was suggesting that if the Democrats have no issue with electing a Vice President who withdrew from a presidential race after being caught plagiarizing then it would be hypocritical for them to complain about a potential First Lady.

You certainly take yourself much too seriously.

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 Jul 19, 2016 at 12:22 PM Anonymous Says:

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ayinglefunadorf Says:

"Trump should withdraw from the race" and go back to Germany where he was born

Slanderoous nar, Trump was born in NEW YORK CITY, IN THE BOROUGH OF QUEENS.

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 Jul 19, 2016 at 02:33 PM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #18  
Anonymous Says:

Slanderoous nar, Trump was born in NEW YORK CITY, IN THE BOROUGH OF QUEENS.

Maybe #15 was confused, due either to (a) the similarity of Trump's scapegoating, demagogic bombast with that of a certain Austrian corporal; or (b) the similarity of the undisciplined anger of their respective followers.

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 Jul 19, 2016 at 07:23 PM mewhoze Says:

melania looked more like a first lady than the one we have had for the last few years.
melania was elegant and modest in her outfit. no need to be sleeveless, backless etc.

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 Jul 19, 2016 at 10:11 PM yonasonw Says:

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mewhoze Says:

melania looked more like a first lady than the one we have had for the last few years.
melania was elegant and modest in her outfit. no need to be sleeveless, backless etc.

Now that comment took brains!

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