Monday 27 February 2017

Did Melania Trump plagiarise Michelle Obama in her Republican Convention 2016 speech?

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump kisses his wife Melania Trump as he introduces her during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump kisses his wife Melania Trump as he introduces her during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives his thumb up as he walks off the stage with his wife Melania during the Republican National Convention. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Melania Trump has been accused of lifting parts of Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention eight years ago.

The wife of the Republican presidential candidate gave her first major political speech on Monday when she addressed the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Portraying her husband Donald as a talented and compassionate leader who would unify rather than divide the country if elected president, Mrs Trump described the values they shared. 

"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," Mrs Trump said.

They were also values that Mrs Obama said she and her husband Barack shared eight years ago.  "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," she said in Denver in 2008.

Melania Trump continued: "We need to pass those lessons on to the many generations 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 also spoke of setting "out to build lives guided by these values, and to 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."

Tommy Vietor, a former national security spokesman for President Barack Obama, said the comparison, first highlighted by Jarrett Hill on Twitter, was "pretty egregious."

"I doubt Melania intended to plagiariase FLOTUS, but her speechwriter has some explaining to do," he said on Twitter.

Mr Trump said he was "very proud" of his wife after her speech.

"It was truly an honour to introduce my wife, Melania. Her speech and demeanor were absolutely incredible. Very proud!" he tweeted.

Earlier, Mrs Trump had talked to NBC about the speech, saying: "I wrote it...with a little help as possible."

The comparisons sparked a torrent of ridicule on social media, with the hashtag #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes quickly trending on Twitter.

Telegraph.co.uk

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