Thursday 22 February 2018

Is Melania Trump's scriptwriter real? The mystery behind Meredith McIver

The good wife: Melania Trump addresses the Republican National Convention in Cleveland
The good wife: Melania Trump addresses the Republican National Convention in Cleveland
Several phrases used by Melania Trump, left, in a speech to the Republican National Convention were similar to those used by Michelle Obama in 2008 (AP)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives his thumb up as he walks off the stage with his wife Melania during the Republican National Convention

Sasha Brady

Who is the woman taking the blame for Melania Trump's Republican National Convention speech?

On Monday night, Melania Trump delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention, which drew accusations of plagiarism.

Viewers almost immediately pointed out that her address had apparently plagiarised some portions of the speech Michelle Obama gave at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

The word-for-word repetition phrases have eclipsed much of the action at the convention and have inspired many parodies.

According to a New York Times report, Melania decided to scrap almost all of the version of the speech that was originally written for her by speechwriters Matthew Scully and John McConnell and turned to McIver at the last minute.

There was speculation that the name was simply an alias, a fictional name for the Trump campaign to hide behind.

The Independent published a piece subtitled “A ghost writer or a ghost?” that questioned whether McIver was a real person because “no credible news outlet has tracked down Meredith McIver.”

Mashable posted a story titled “No one believes Trump speechwriter Meredith McIver is real,” citing skepticism from authors and comedians.







Who is she?

McIver is a real person and she took credit for the plagiarism with an official statement.
Meredith McIver's official statement to the plagiarism controversy

According to a biography on a booking agency website that arranges speech engagements for her, McIver has worked for Trump since 2001.

She's from San Jose, California and has a degree in English from the University of Utah.

The former ballet dancer has worked as an editor and a writer and co-wrote four books with Donald Trump.


McIver currently resides in Manhattan where she is registered as a Democrat.


In "How to Get Rich," Trump mentions McIver was his executive assistant at The Trump Organization and calls her a "writer of many talents" in the book's acknowledgements.

So there you have it, mystery solved.

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