Plagiarism accusations surface after Mrs. Trump’s RNC Speech

The Associated Press reports, Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention Monday night contained two passages that match nearly word-for-word the speech that first lady Michelle Obama delivered at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Michelle Obama’s speech about family values and a humanizing moment for her husband was, at the time, considered a breakout moment for the first lady.

Mrs. Trump told Matt Lauer, on NBC’s TODAY show, that she read the speech over once and that she wrote with as little help as possible. 

The reaction over her speech and claims of plagiarism sparked the hashtag #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes, which pokes fun at her b attributing others’ historic sayings to her. The hashtag started trending worldwide almost immediately.

Donald Trump’s campaign released a statement early Tuesday saying, "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."

To read through transcripts of Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech and Melania Trumps speech Monday, click here.

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