Twitter Goes In On Melania Trump For Plagiarism
The first night of the Republican National Convention is in the history books, and boy was it interesting.
After kicking off the convention with a bit of drama from the “Never Trump” crowd who wanted to force a roll call vote on a rule that could have opened up an opportunity for another candidate to be nominated, the night was considered a success after a string of speeches by Rudy Giuliani, Senator Joni Ernst, actor Scott Baio, Retired General Michael Flynn, and Melania Trump.
The last speaker, Mrs. Trump, was initially hailed as wonderful until many realized her speech sounded eerily similar to Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech.
— CNN (@CNN) July 19, 2016
According to one fast-thinking Twitter user named Jarrett Hill, Mrs. Trump lifted almost a full paragraph from Mrs. Obama’s speech.
— Jarrett Hill (@JarrettHill) July 19, 2016
The New York Times, broke it down:
“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 manygenerations 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.”
Mrs. Obama, in her 2008 speech:
“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.”
“I was born in Slovenia, a small, beautiful and then-communist country in Central Europe. My sister, Ines, who is an incredible woman and a friend, and I were raised by my wonderful parents. My elegant and hard-working mother, Amalija, introduced me to fashion and beauty. My father, Viktor, instilled in me a passion for business and travel.Their integrity, compassion and intelligence reflects to this day on me and for my love of family and America.”
Mrs. Obama, in 2008:
“And I come here as a daughter — raised on the South Side of Chicago by a father who was a blue-collar city worker and a mother who stayed at home with my brother and me. My mother’s love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion and her intelligence reflected in my own daughters.”
Once news spread that Mrs. Trump’s speech was taken, in part, from Mrs. Obama’s speech, Twitter users went all the way in.
When someone yells out "HOLD UP. I HEARD THIS SPEECH BEFORE" pic.twitter.com/Ptiue5CBRJ
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) July 19, 2016
— Reggie Cunningham (@kidnoble) July 19, 2016
Newly American white person steals black woman's work, passes off as her own. Melania Trump is a true American now. #RNCinCLE
— Baratunde (@baratunde) July 19, 2016
— SoulBounce (@SoulBounce) July 19, 2016
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) July 19, 2016
Then, the hashtag #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes began trending.
"Never test my patience sweety, I’m high maintenance. High class, if u ain’t rollin’ bypass." #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— jesse Williams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 19, 2016
"You might win some but you just lost one.” #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) July 19, 2016
"Oops, I did it again." #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— Johnetta Elzie (@Nettaaaaaaaa) July 19, 2016
"It's pronounced leviOsa, not leviosA!" #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) July 19, 2016
"MY NAME IS KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIID! KID ROCK!" #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) July 19, 2016
'I'mma let you finish but…' #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— Brittney Cooper (@ProfessorCrunk) July 19, 2016
"Don't need no hateration, holleration, in this dancery." #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— Kirsten West Savali (@KWestSavali) July 19, 2016
Twitter users also noticed Donald Trump’s tweet about his wife’s convention performance was eerily similar to another Obama, the president.
The Trump campaign issued a statement about Mrs. Trump’s speech, but did not address the plagiarism claims head on.
Statement on Melania Trump Speech pic.twitter.com/80KgS0jxXz
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) July 19, 2016
With so much conversation going on about the speech, however, the Trump campaign will have to give a better explanation than that.