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.
"It wasn't easy growing up a black woman in Chicago, but I believe the world is safer for my 2 girls, Sasha & Malia" pic.twitter.com/a8GOaVgMwv— Joseph Flynn (@ChinaJoeFlynn) July 19, 2016
"I am a woman, phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that's me." #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes— Ayanna Pressley’s Bodyguard (@FeministaJones) July 19, 2016
"Work, work, work, work, work, work— jesse Williams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 19, 2016
He say me have to
Work, work, work, work, work, work!" #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
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
I mean, when you think about it, what's more American than a white person stealing a black person's work?#FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) 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.— Ayanna Pressley’s Bodyguard (@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.