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Melania Trump's speech appeared to lift from parts of Michelle Obama's 2008 convention address

July 19,2016 10:14

Melania Trump Donald Trump Melania Trump stands with her husband Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich. CLEVELAND — Donald Trump's wife, Melania, was the star of the show on the first night of the ...



Melania
Trump stands with her husband Republican U.S. presidential
candidate Donald Trump.
REUTERS/Mark
Kauzlarich

CLEVELAND — Donald Trump's wife, Melania, was the star of
the show on the first night of the Republican National Convention
Monday.

But political observers on Twitter were quick to note
that parts of Melania's speech seemed to be ripped from First
Lady Michelle Obama's
2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Here are the relevant passages from each speech:

Melania: 
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.

Michelle: Barack and I were
raised with so many of the same values: like, you work hard for
what you want in life; that your word is your bond; that 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.

Melania: 
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 —
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: And Barack and I set
out to build lives guided by these values and to pass them onto
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 hard for them.

Here's side-by-side video of the speeches:

The similarities between the two speeches first gained traction
through
a tweet from Jarrett Hill, who describes himself as a
journalist and interior designer.

The Trump campaign was not immediately available for comment.

Melania told NBC's "Today" show Monday that she had authored the
speech herself "with as little help as possible."

Before the plagiarism accusations surfaced, Melania's speech
seemed well-received. 

Melania, a Slovenian-born former model, spoke about coming to
America and called for unity heading into the general election
this fall.

While many of the other speakers focused on bashing Democrats on
the first night of the convention, dubbed "Make America Safe
Again," she sought to bring people together.

"The primary season and its toughness is behind us," Melania
said. "Let's all come together in a national campaign like no
other."

Melania also alluded to Donald's fiery rhetoric,
attributing it to his love for the country. 

"The race will be hard fought all the way to November," Melania
said. "There will be good times and hard times and unexpected
turns. It would not be a Trump contest without excitement and
drama. But throughout it all, my husband will remain focused on
only one thing — this beautiful country that he loves so much."

Her message was much more warm and fuzzy than that of other
speakers.

"There is a great deal of love in the Trump family,"
she said. "That is our bond, and that is our strength."

Melania also spoke of her path to becoming a US citizen, calling
it the "greatest privilege on planet Earth."

"I am fortunate for my heritage, but also for where it brought me
today," she said. "I traveled the world while working hard in the
incredible arena of fashion. After living and working in Milan
and Paris, I arrived in New York City 20 years ago and I saw both
the joys and hardships of daily life. On July 28, 2006, I was
very proud to become [a] citizen of the United States — the
greatest privilege on planet Earth."

Melania said she would not "take the freedoms this country offers
for granted," noting that "these freedoms have come with a price
so many times."

She then recognized "an amazing veteran, the great" former Kansas
Sen. Bob Dole, who received a standing ovation and stood up to
wave to the cameras.

Donald reappeared after Melania finished speaking. As soon
as Melania and Donald left the stage, delegates and other
convention attendees started streaming for the exits.

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