The presumptive Republican nominee’s wife discussed the hard work instilled by her parents, treating people with respect, and wanting a better future for children — which were all apparently things she took from Michelle Obama’s address.
Melania Trump said in her speech Monday:
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 life. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son, 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.
Michelle Obama’s convention speech in 2008 hit on many of the same themes:
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 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.
Before taking the stage Monday night, Melania Trump told NBC’s Matt Lauer she wrote the speech.
“I wrote it… with a little help as possible,” she said.
The similarities were first pointed out by Jarrett Hill on Twitter.
Two former Obama staffers said the original author of the lines was Sarah Hurwitz, a former Obama campaign speechwriter who now works in the White House as a special assistant to the president.
Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau said he had “no idea” how the blunder could have happened.
“A stray line or phrase could be a mistake. Two full paragraphs from the current First Lady is just incomprehensible,” he said. “I can’t believe someone would do that to her.”
“Michelle’s head speechwriter, used to be Hillary’s,” Favreau tweeted. “So the Trump campaign plagiarized from a Hillary speechwriter.”
Donald Trump has previously attacked Vice President Joe Biden for, notoriously, plagiarizing a speech from a British politician in 1987.
“I’ve had a great record, I haven’t been involved in plagiarism,” Trump said.