Trump Aide Admits to Plagiarism
The mastermind behind Melania Trump’s plagiarized Republican National Convention speech has identified herself in a statement released by the Trump campaign on Wednesday.
According to CNN, Meredith Mclver claims she offered her resignation but both Donald and Melania declined.
Her apology arrives more than 36 hours after reports discovered striking similarities between Melania’s recent speech and Michelle Obama 2008 National Democratic speech. Unfortunately for Trump, the plagiarism controversy overshadowed Trump’s nominating convention and heavily distracted coverage of scheduled speakers.
Mclver confessed that she incorporated the passages from Michelle’s speech after hearing Melania read several segments from her 2008 address, Mclver expressed in her apology.
“Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech. I did not check Mrs. Obama’s speeches. This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant.”
Mclver said the Trumps invalidated her resignation, because, “Mr. Trump told me that people make innocent mistakes and that we learn and grow from these experiences.”
Although the Trump camp pivoted acknowledgement that the incident was plagiarism, they asked Mclver to issue a statement because she didn’t want her mistake to deflect from Trump’s historic campaign or Melania’s beautiful presentation.
“I apologize for the confusion and hysteria my mistake has caused,” she stated. “Today, more than ever, I am honored to work for such a great family.”
Mcvler has served as Trump’s ghostwriter, helping craft some of his books, including “Trump: Think Like a Billionaire.” According the New York Times, Mclver is a former Ballet dancer and English major.