Plagiarism Claims

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Melania Trump, businesswoman and Donald Trump’s wife, spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Donald Trump introduced Melania after walking out to the song “We are the Champions” by Queen.

Melania Trump described the Republican presidential nominee as intensely “loyal” to his family, friends and country.

“I can tell you with certainty that my husband has been concerned about our country for as long as I have known him,” Melania Trump said.

By most accounts, Melania Trump’s speech to the GOP Convention was a success – until charges flew that she had plagiarized a speech given by Michelle Obama to the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

First noted on Twitter by Jarrett Hill, a small portion of Melania’s speech bore a strong “resemblance” to Michelle’s.

Here is a side-by-side comparison:

Here’s what Michelle Obama said in 2008:

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, 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.

Here’s what Melania said:

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 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.

MSNBC’s Morning Joe crew was “aghast” and reporting up a storm about who in the Trump organization was “responsible, whose head might roll, and even tales of family conflict.”

Mainstream Media conventional wisdom sees an opportunity to confirm its “judgment” that outsiders are just not up to the task.

And if the media has its way, this will be the “scandal, far more important than any damage Hillary Clinton has done to the national security.”

But I doubt this will go very far.  Maybe the Trump campaign will learn a valuable “lesson” about how to check “speeches” before they are given.

If we take a step back from the “obsessions” of insiders, the phrases that are so similar are “banal platitudes,” heard in graduation speeches for decades.

If Melania’s speechwriter “plagiarized” Michelle, then Michelle “plagiarized” others.  Compare Michelle’s words with the “advice” found in a 1992 book about doing business in Africa:

Michelle in 2008:

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, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them.

Rob Marsh in 1992:

… is based upon the application of certain basic truths: that integrity is all important, that your word is your bond, that if you owe a person money you pay him back, that you work hard, enjoy what you do and show a loyalty to those with whom you work and do business. He instilled in me simple, clear cut values and a will to succeed.

Do the political “swells” so concerned with this “scandal” really think that anyone’s vote would be “swayed” by whether Melania voiced the same “bromides” as Michelle?

She was good enough the liberal “rags” felt the need to attack her for several very “generic” political statements which they feel were “stolen” from Michelle Obama.

Here’s one that wasn’t stolen from Mooch. “I will never take the freedoms this country offers for granted.”

In contrast, Michelle “hates” America and “hates” living in a house that “slaves” built.

So unless Michelle has copyrighted “Hard Work” and “Dreams” then the left’s Muckrakers need to shut it.

Yeah, plagiarism is a very “serious” thing in speeches. For his part, President Barack Obama got in “trouble” for giving a speech in 2008 that was entirely similar to one made by Deval Patrick.

And what about the “serious” instances of VP Joe “Mensa” Biden’s active multiple plagiarism?

Personally I feel Melania “passed” the test with flying colors. No major problems, a bit of “stumbling” over a few words.

She will “improve” in time, become more “comfortable,” and do just fine.

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