Multiple lines in Melania Trump’s keynote Republican National Convention speech appear to have been plagiarized nearly word-for-word from First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Shortly after she delivered her speech, several social media users began pointing out the striking similarities to portions of Michelle Obama’s speech.
Compare the speeches for yourself below:
ABC has released a split-screen video showing the similarities between the two speeches:
NPR has bolded the parts of the speech that are the same:
Melania Trump’s 2016 Republican National Convention:
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.
Now here’s Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention:
And Barack and I set out 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 hard for them.
Jason Miller, the senior communications adviser for the Trump campaign, issued the following statement in response to press inquiries about the similarities in the two speeches:
“There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech,” said Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort on CNN. “These were common words and values that she cares about her family, and things like that.”
“I mean, she was speaking in front of 35 million people last night, she knew that. To think that she would be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy. … This is, once again, an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down. It’s not going to work.”
Before delivering her speech, Melania told Today’s Matt Lauer that she wrote the majority of her speech: “I read once over it, and that’s all, because I wrote it — with as little help as possible.”
Former Obama chief speech writer also accuse the Trump campaign of plagiarism:
Sarah Hurwitz, Michelle's head speechwriter, used to be Hillary's. So the Trump campaign plagiarized from a Hillary speechwriter.
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) July 19, 2016