Journalist Jarrett Hill made quite the catch on Twitter tonight when he noticed a similarity between Melania Trump‘s RNC speech and Michelle Obama‘s 2008 DNC one that was too similar to be just a coincidence:
— Jarrett Hill (@JarrettHill) July 19, 2016
Here is the portion of Melania Trump’s speech in question:
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.
And here’s something Michelle Obama said during her 2008 DNC speech:
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.
That’s… pretty darn close.
And if you need to see it for yourself, Tablet Magazine writer Yair Rosenberg made this handy video:
Melania Trump plagiarized Michelle Obama tonight, and here's the video to prove it: pic.twitter.com/gCDeJL04zY
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) July 19, 2016
Well, so much for a controversy-free night.
UPDATE –– 12:35 am EDT: And if you’re wondering who wrote her speech, well, she told Matt Lauer she wrote it herself with minimal help:
For the record, Melania Trump claimed she wrote the speech she delivered tonight. pic.twitter.com/pxLS6S3vSz
— Alan Kestrel (@AlanKestrel750) July 19, 2016
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