Melania Trump's Speech Was Good, But Michelle Obama's 2008 Delivery Of It Was Better

  • by: Alan Duke

Monday was Melania Trump's night at the GOP convention and the speech she delivered about her husband was well received until it was noted that several passages sounded familiar: They were lifted from Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic convention speech about her husband.

Melania Trump told reporters earlier that she had written much of the speech, but she had some professional help. Why would a professional steal direct passages from Michelle Obama's famous address? Did they really think no one would notice? Was she set up by someone who wanted to embarrass her?

Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort told CNN's Chris Coumo there was no theft. "There's no cribbing of Michelle Obama's speech. These were common words and values that she cares about her family and things like that. I mean, she was speaking in front of 35 million people last night, she knew that," Manafort said.

Trump spokesman Jason Miller issued a short statement late Monday night, but it did not directly address the plagiarism accusation. "In writing her beautiful speech, Melania's team of writers took notes on her life's inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. Melania's immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success."

Donald Trump did not personally respond, except to tweet that he was proud of her.

Speaking of Twitter. #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes quickly became a trending hashtag.

  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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