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Melania Trump Speech Used Same Passages as Michelle Obama’s 2008 Address

By Published July 19, 2016

Republican presumptive first lady, Slovenian - born Melania Trump’s primetime speech at the Monday night’s Cleveland convention was a word for word copy of First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech.

In an event spent bashing the current president’s administration, and the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Mrs. Trump gave one of the few speeches that talked about bringing the Republican Party together, while praising her husband.

It was a speech praised by convention watchers on Twitter while it was happening until the similarities in the speech was brought up minutes after.

A look at Mrs. Obama’s convention speech shows that parts of two paragraphs of Mrs. Trump’s speech are the same, including parts when Mrs. Obama praised her husband and speaking of the values they were raised with—and what they wanted to pass onto their children.

Jason Miller, senior communications adviser to the Trump campaign sent a statement to reporters early Wednesday morning. The statement didn’t address the accusations of plagiarism.

“In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking,” Mr. Miller said. “Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.”

In an interview with NBC earlier in the day, Mrs. Trump told Matt Lauer that she read over the speech once on the plane to Cleveland and that’s all she needed because “I wrote it, with as little help as possible.”

Mr. Trump tweeted after his wife’s speech, praising the performance, saying “It was truly an honour to introduce my wife, Melania. Her speech and demeanour were absolutely incredible. Very proud!”

Now Americans can picture what Donald Trump’s administration will look like.

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