When Melania Trump delivered her speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday, her words rang a bell with a few clever listeners – but where had they heard it before?
Eight years ago, of course, when Michelle Obama delivered a speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Mark Preston of CNN that there is a possible case of plagiarism even though it was only one paragraph that sounded so familiar.
Before long, the CNN panel was divided between those that thought Melania had done nothing wrong and those who believe that even she, as Donald Trump’s proverbial trump card, has nothing good to say about his campaign without using someone else’s words altogether.
In the same video Melania is questioned about the speech and whether or not she had practiced it for her husband. While stand next to him she declared: “I wrote it, and with as little help as possible.”
Jason Millier, senior communications adviser for the Trump campaign said the following in a statement: "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.
Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.”
The person who was responsible for Michelle Obama’s original version is Sarah Hurwitz, she is Michelle’s head speech writer and has been writing exclusively for Michelle for the past eight years.
Back then the paragraph, which is now tied to a possible case of plagiarism, was intended to improve the public’s view of Michelle Obama. She was at first viewed by Americans as sullen, elitist and unpatriotic.
Read more: ‘I’ll move to South Africa if Donald Trump becomes president!’ Between Sarah and Michelle’s attempts they eventually decided on telling Michelle’s story as a child from working class Chicago, someone who is sceptical about politics but truly believes that her husband has the capacity to make a difference. The speech was a success and caused Barrack Obama’s popularity to soar. This was how Twitter reacted:
Sources: dailylife.com.au, cnn.com, bbc.c