Donald Trump finally spoke out on the media fracas surrounding his wife’s plagiarized speech at the RNC, boasting that it got “more publicity than any in the history of politics.”
Good news is Melania’s speech got more publicity than any in the history of politics especially if you believe that all press is good press!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2016
He added that the press was subjecting Melania’s speech to more “forensic analysis” than the FBI had done to Hillary Clinton’s emails.
The New York Times reported Tuesday that speechwriters had composed an address for Melania that went unused. The speech she ended up delivering bore several word-for-word similarities with Michelle Obama‘s speech from the 2008 DNC, as first noted by journalist Jarett Hill. The story ended up dominating coverage of the first day of the RNC, prompting mass ridicule, and catalyzing a string of uncoordinated responses from the campaign, which refused to admit to the plagiarism.
Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and RNC Chair Reince Priebus both said that the ax should fall on someone over the speech, but Trump’s campaign said Tuesday that nobody would be fired because of it.
Sam Reisman (@thericeman) is a staff editor at Mediaite.
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