Did Melania Trump plagiarize Barack Obama?
While everyone is freaking out over a few excerpts of Melania Trump’s speech that are strikingly similar to parts of the speech Michelle O gave in ’08, looking at the full text of Melania’s speech, it becomes clear that she definitely used material from another famous political figure. Just quickly scan these few paragraphs below (relevant parts highlighted):
Thank you very much. Thank you. You have all been very kind to Donald and me, to our young son Barron, and to our whole family. It’s a very nice welcome and we're excited to be with you at this historic convention. I am so proud of your choice for president of the United States, my husband, Donald J. Trump.
And I can assure you, he is moved by this great honor. The 2016 Republican primaries were fierce and started with many candidates, 17 to be exact, and I know that Donald agrees with me when I mention how talented all of them are. They deserve respect and gratitude from all of us.
However, when it comes to my husband, I will say that I am definitely biased, and for good reason.
I have been with Donald for 18 years and I have been aware of his love for this country since we first met. He never had a hidden agenda when it comes to his patriotism, because, like me, he loves this country so much. 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 Amalia introduced me to fashion and beauty. My father Viktor instilled in me a passion for business and travel. Their integrity, compassion and intelligence reflect to this day on me and for my love of family and America.
Notice a pattern here? Though I’m sure it’s purely coincidental, it appears that Melania Trump has lifted Barack Obama’s most prized original content from every last one of his speeches. But in stark contrast to Obama’s recent Dallas memorial speech for five fallen officers, at least Melania used the words during an entirely appropriate venue.
Scott blogs at www.politiseeds.com.