If something seemed familiar to you during last night’s Republican National Convention, then your instincts were correct. I’m going to assume Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, didn’t know she set up by her “writing team”. Apparently, they’ve lifted at least 95% of Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech when our current POTUS, Barack Obama, was campaigning for presidency. I’m going to add ALLEGED to the plagiarism that has taken place because it’s the politically correct thing to do as a blogger. However, I’d be crazy to not acknowledge what we all know; The transcript of Michelle’s speech is deep in these political streets!
Hit play below!
Isn’t it obvious?
Of course, social media had a field day, devoted to jokes and memes of Melania’s speech debacle. The people of Twitter created the wonderful hashtag #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes and I am no longer alive from the breath-taking laughter……my lungs are sore.
“I got hot sauce in my bag. Swag.” #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 19, 2016
— RiotWomenn (@RiotWomennn) July 19, 2016
You know Trump supporters got all in their feelings today, and as usual, they’ve pointed fingers like a child in school who doesn’t want to get in trouble by himself. In 2008, Obama gave a speech that was similar to a speech given by Deval Patrick in his 2006 campaign for governor. Those accusations resurfaced online today, drawing comparisons and started many debates.
“Don’t tell me words don’t matter! ‘I have a dream.’ Just words. ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ Just words. ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself.’ Just words, just speeches,” Obama said in his speech.
Patrick used many of the same phrases in his speech.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’-just words. Just words. ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself’-just words. ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country’-just words. ‘I have a dream’-just words,” Patrick said in 2006.
But guess what?
According to Boston Magazine, Patrick, a friend and booster of the candidate, would later come to Obama’s aid and dismiss the allegations as just another pointless line of attack. Patrick even encouraged him to use the phrases, Obama said at the time, while claiming to regret not citing his source.
Truth be told, plagiarism isn’t an uncommon thing in politics, so this is nothing new. What’s funny about all of this is that you have Donald Trump who has spent most of his messy campaign, trying to tarnish Obama’s legacy with empty rhetoric and his attempt at downplaying his credibility. This is a guy who has allowed his administration to throw his own wife under the bus. Melania was pushed on a national stage with a speech that was orated by the wife of a man he’s spent his last 8 years insulting! This is why accusing Melania and her “writing team” of plagiarism is so appropriate. The inspiration behind Obama’s 2008 speech is completely different, so why are we comparing, people?
I’m insulted that Trump and his people would think that the speech fraud would slip past us. Does he think we don’t pay attention?
Trump has proven time and time that he isn’t fit to run a country and the actions of his wife have basically stamped their contract of disapproval for anti-trump supporters.
I’d guarantee that this recent speech theft has left a sour taste in the mouths of a lot of undecided voters.