Melania Trump Plagiarizes Old Michelle Obama Speech During RNC 2016

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Black Twitter was set ablaze when they realized that Melania Trump’s speech during the opening night of the Republican National Convention sounded pretty familiar- seeing how Michelle Obama gave nearly the same speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

The wife of Republican nominee Donald Trump spoke on the convention’s opening night, but threw audiences for a loop when they realized that big chunks of the well-received speech were apparently lifted from Michelle Obama’s address to Democrats back in 2008. Melania had previously told Today that she’d written the speech herself. “I read it once over, and that’s all because I wrote it with as little help as possible,” she told Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview on Monday.

Since the guffaw, the Trump camp released a statement trying to glaze over the entire mess. The statement below was posted to Melania’s Twitter by Trump’s senior communications advisor, Jason Miller, senior communications advisor:

Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort also talked to CBS about the incident and simply had this to say, “There are not that many similarities. There are a couple of phrases. It’s basically fragment of words. She spoke in front of 35 million people yesterday, she knew what she was doing. She never cribbed from another speech without acknowledging that she was quoting somebody else,” he said, also adding, “We’re talking about words like compassion, love of family, respect. These are not words that belong to the Obamas.”

Twitter exploded, however, and the #MelaniaTrumpQuotes hashtag was born. Users began mocking Mrs. Trump by tweeting famous quotes and attributing them to her:

Watch a brief Now This report on the plagiarism incident below:

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