Was Melania Trump’s Speech Plagiarized From Michelle Obama’s 2008 Convention Speech?

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:

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 thought and showed me values and morals in their daily life. 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.

Now here’s Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention:

And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: like, you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond; that 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 to pass them on to the next generation, because we want our children — and all children in this nationto 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:

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.

“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: