Hearing double: Melania Trump in plagiarism row after 'echoing' Michelle Obama

Hearing double: Melania Trump in plagiarism row after 'echoing' Michelle Obama
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A speech by Donald Trump's wife Melania at the Republican Convention contained almost identical passages to an address by Michelle Obama in 2008.

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Donald loved it…The crowd loved it…..

But Melania Trump’s big speech to the Republican Convention in Ohio is making headlines for all the wrong reasons because, it seems, we have heard it all before – in the mouth of Michelle Obama!

“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,” Melania told the convention in Cleveland.

“They taught me to show the values and morals in my daily life. That is the 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.”

That small section of Melania Trump’s roughly 15-minute speech, a highlight of the opening day of the convention, was similar to part of Michelle Obama’s speech in 2008 in support of her husband Barack Obama.

“And 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,” Michelle Obama said in her speech.

“…And Barack Obama and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generations,” she added.

“Because we want our children, and all children in this nation, to know that the only limit to the height of your achievement is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”

A Trump campaign official says the similarity could stem from an error by the would-be first lady’s speech writers.

Slovenian-born ex model Melania is usually seen rather than heard.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may now keep things that way as he enters his final battle for the White House though Trump himself has praised the speech on Twitter.

It was truly an honor to introduce my wife, Melania. Her speech and demeanor were absolutely incredible. Very proud! #GOPConvention

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 19 juillet 2016

“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,” Jason Miller, Trump’s senior communications advisor, said in a statement.

Statement on Melania Trump Speech pic.twitter.com/80KgS0jxXz

— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) 19 juillet 2016

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