Sunday 4 December 2016

'I'd like to thank my speech writers Copy and Paste' - voters react to Melania Trump's speech at Republican National Convention

Geraldine Gittens

Published 19/07/2016 | 12:55

Melania Trump, wife of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, waves as she arrives to speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Reuters/Mike Segar
Melania Trump, wife of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, waves as she arrives to speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Reuters/Mike Segar

The wife of the Republican presidential candidate has been accused of plagiarising parts of Michelle Obama's speech which she gave at the Democratic National Convention eight years ago.

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Yesterday, Melania Trump gave her first major political speech when she addressed the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

She described her husband Donald as a talented and compassionate leader who would unify rather than divide the country if elected president. 

But keen observers soon realised that they may have heard snippets of Trump's speech before - eight years ago to be exact.

"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.

Eight years ago, Mrs Obama said: "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."

While Mrs Obama also set out the goal "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."

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Afterwards Donald Trump's tweet that he was "very proud" of his wife was nearly identical to Obama's tweet which he sent eight years ago after the Democratic National Convention.

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

"It was truly an honour to introduce my wife Michelle. Her speech and demeanour were absolutely incredible. Very proud!" Obama tweeted.

Twitter is now alive and hopping, with #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes trending around the world.

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