The Republican National Convention has been quite a ride already, and we're only into the second day. Stephen Colbert crashed in to compare it to The Hunger Games, protesters were both inside and outside, and Colorado delegates were thin and/or absent. But the highlight went to the woman of the night: Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump.
Immediately following her appearance, she was praised for such a well-written, well delivered speech. But the tides quickly turned when TV host and journalist Jarrett Hill pointed out the use of "reach of your dreams," a memorable quote in Michelle Obama's 2008 DNC speech. After further exploration, he came to find that it was much more than a quote; there were chunks of two entire paragraphs taken and reiterated, word for word.
As the criticism began to mount, Trump took to Twitter to praise his wife for her controversial speech.
And this morning, the Trump campaign denied the claim, which is kind of odd, because plagiarism is a rather obvious thing when you have all of the evidence in front of you. Campaign Chairman, Paul Manafort, had this to say on behalf of the Trumps: “There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These are common words and values that she cares about her family, things like that,” Manafort said. “I mean, she was speaking in front of 35 million people last night. She knew that. To think that she would be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy. This is once again an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down. It’s not going to work.”
Interesting... but perhaps the most facinating fact of the night regarding the controversy came from Jon Favreau, President Obama's Chief Speechwriter. "Sarah Hurwitz, Michelle's head speechwriter, used to be Hillary's. So the Trump campaign plagiarized from a Hillary speechwriter." He also went on to add, "like her husband, Michelle wrote a lot of that 2008 campaign speech herself."
But of course Twitter had a field day with the news, and lo and behold, #MelaniaTrumpQuotes was created:
Watch the video below and enjoy the rest of the week with the RNC... as I surely will be doing.