Did Melania Trump plagiarize from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech?
Melania’s highly-anticipated speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday night included a “nearly copied” paragraph
US Republican candidate Donald Trump’s wife Melania has appeared to have plagiarized from a 2008 speech read out by Michelle Obama, according to US media reports.
Melania’s highly-anticipated speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday night allegedly included a “nearly copied” paragraph from Michelle’s speech at the Democratic National Convention eight years ago.
According to CBS News, this is the paragraph in question:
"My parents impressed on me the value of 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. Show the values and morals in in the daily life. That is the lesson that we continue to pass on to our son. We need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. Because we want our children in these nations to know that the only limit to your achievement is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them."
And here is Michelle Obama's Democratic convention speech in 2008, according to Vox:
"And 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."
Many on Twitter shared the below video of both speeches being played at the same time.
In a previous interview with NBC, Melania said she wrote the speech “with as little help as possible.”
At 1:15, Melania is asked about her speech and says, "I wrote it"https://t.co/os6zrffsQ0— Nell Scovell (@NellSco) July 19, 2016
The Trump campaign issued the below statement, which quickly circulated on Twitter, regarding the speech.