Twitter reveals parts of Melania Trump’s RNC speech might have been copied from Michelle Obama in 2008

How could this have happened?

Feb 29, 2020, 3:32 am*

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Josh Katzowitz 

Josh Katzowitz

Screengrab via Donald Trump Speeches & Events/YouTube

Amid fiery Monday night speeches from Republican luminaries like Rudy Giuliani and Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, Melania Trump, wife of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump, gave a warm talk at the Republican National Convention showcasing her hope for the future without bashing the other side of the political aisle.

After about an hour of social media users and the cable TV analysts giving the speech high marks, Twitter user Jarrett Hill noticed one paragraph from Trump’s speech was lifted, nearly word-by-word, from a speech delivered by Michelle Obama during the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

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Making matters worse, Trump told NBC’s Matt Lauer she had written most of it herself.

https://twitter.com/BraddJaffy/status/755255314107162624

Twitter users shook their collective heads in disbelief, particularly since this was a part of the speech extolling the virtues hard work. There was also the question about how something like this could have happened.

https://twitter.com/ezraklein/status/755254070164664321

Presumably, we’ll begin to find out answers on Tuesday, but late Monday night into early Tuesday morning, the Trump campaign had managed to turn what had been a singularly sweet moment into a sticky situation.  

Update 12:59am CT, July 19: About three hours after Hill’s initial tweet, the Trump campaign released this statement.

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*First Published: Jul 18, 2016, 3:24 pm