There was much to remember from the first night of the Republican National Convention, from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s passionate speech supporting Donald Trump to an eruption of cheers at the mention of an acquittal of all charges for the highest ranking cop in the Freddie Gray case.
But the highlight of the night — a rare address to the convention delivered by Melania Trump — was quickly overshadowed by a curious case of what appears to be plagiarism.
“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 lives. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son,” Trump said in her speech Monday night.
“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.”
As multiple news outlets pointed out, those lines were eerily similar to those delivered by the FLOTUS 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 to 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.”
Trump’s camp has yet to respond, but in an interview with NBC before the couple hit the stage, Melania did say she “wrote it … with as little help as possible,” Vox notes.
Twitter, however, was quick to respond, creating the hashtag #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes.
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