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The internet rewrites Melania Trump’s RNC speech after plagiarism accusations
She’s accused of plagiarizing a 2008 Michelle Obama speech.
Critics pointed out how similar her speech—designed to warm up and humanize her husband, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump—sounded to First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech, given just prior Barack Obama receiving his presidential nomination. Some noted she lifted entire paragraphs from Obama’s address.
While Trump told Today’s Matt Lauer that his wife “wrote it with as little help as possible,” people online aren’t buying it. Instead, they’re offering a glimpse into Melania’s future speech-writing with #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes.
The range of quotes vary, but the hashtag basically comes down to a question of what other famous quotes the possible First Lady could plagiarize.
in hindsight it did seem odd when Melania talked about the challenges of being a black woman at Princeton
— Michael Crowley (@michaelcrowley) July 19, 2016
Jokes aside, some people used #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes to make a much larger point of Melania plagiarizing Obama’s words.
There’s a cosmic irony/horror to Melania Trump’s speech about working hard being stolen from a woman of color.
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) July 19, 2016
And some pointed out that Melania’s inclination to plagiarize says more about the Trumps in general than anything else.
It isn’t simply that she took Michelle’s words and use them in a speech about her husband. It’s that she had so little to say abt her own.
— Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones) July 19, 2016
Two of Donald Trump’s children will speak at the RNC Tuesday night, and given Melania’s speech on Monday, theirs will likely be under even greater scrutiny.
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.