Welp. Melania Trump got caught red-handed. The wannabe first lady was put on full blast by social media last night after a Twitter user named Jarrett Hill noticed something very, very familiar about her speech at the Republican National Convention.
Soon enough, Donald Trump's wife and her team were exposed for plagiarizing Michelle Obama's 2008 remarks at the Democratic National Convention — the very speech that introduced her to the world as the next first lady.
The similarities are undeniable, but if you want receipts, see both video and transcript below:
CNN provided a side-by-side cut of Melania's and Michelle's remarks, which is pretty startling:
And the New York Times put together this handy transcript, with the lifted parts bolded:
Ms. Trump, Monday night:
“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 and keep your promise, that you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily lives. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son. And 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, in her 2008 speech:
“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 and you do what you say you’re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them. And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and 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.”
“I was born in Slovenia, a small, beautiful and then-Communist country in Central Europe. My sister, Ines, who is an incredible woman and a friend, and I were raised by my wonderful parents. My elegant and hard-working mother, Amalija, introduced me to fashion and beauty. My father, Viktor, instilled in me a passion for business and travel. Their integrity, compassion and intelligence reflects to this day on me and for my love of family and America.”
Mrs. Obama, in 2008:
“And I come here as a daughter — raised on the South Side of Chicago by a father who was a blue-collar city worker and a mother who stayed at home with my brother and me. My mother’s love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion and her intelligence reflected in my own daughters.”
So...how's The Donald gonna spin this one? The Republican nominee takes the stage today at the convention and will surely be forced to address his wife's indiscretion for weeks to come.
(Photo from left: Alex Wong/Getty Images, Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Fortune/Time Inc)
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