Trump Camp Denies Melania Plagiarized Speech From Michelle Obama, Blames Hillary Clinton

After the campaign sent out a statement defending Donald's wife, campaign manager Paul Manafort said Melania just used "common words" when writing speech.

Hours after Melania Trump, wife of GOP standard-bearer Donald Trump, delivered a speech that was obviously cribbed from Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC address, the Trump campaign was in damage control mode. And from the early results, they were failing mightily in those actions.

Once a reporter noticed the similarities between the two speeches and released a side-by-side comparison late Monday night, and the media immediately focused its collective attention on the story, the Trump camp released the following statement:

“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.”

Now, mind you, Melania told NBC’s Matt Lauer before delivering her speech that she had written nearly the whole thing and only got a little help from others. So there’s that. This statement also fails to address, even slightly, the plagiarism accusation. (And, let’s be honest here, there is no accusation…she straight up stole a section from Michelle.)

Anyway, I guess kudos to the Trump team for actually sending out a statement overnight rather than just relying on The Donald farting out a tweet.

Tuesday morning, campaign manager Paul Manafort was sent out to the morning news shows to do some spin control, which basically meant denying Melania is a plagiarist. Speaking to CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Manafort not only defended the hopeful First Lady, but attacked Hillary Clinton because why the fuck not.

“Well, there’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These are common words and values, that she cares about her family, things like that. I mean, she was speaking in front of 35 million people last night. She knew that. To think that she would be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy. I mean, this is once again an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton how she seeks out to demean her and take her down. It’s not going to work.”

So, it’s Hillary’s fault that Melania is a thief? OK then.

After Cuomo pushed back on Manafort’s hot take, noting that it isn’t really an allegation because the proof is right in front of everyone’s eyes, the Trump flak doubled down on the “common words” excuse.

“There was a collaboration. Certainly, there’s no feeling on her part that she did it, that what she did was use words that are common words. To expect her to think that she would do something like that, knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd.”

Cuomo ended by saying, “If that’s the way you want to explain, that’s up to you.”

I feel you, Chris. I feel you.

Justin Baragona is the editor and publisher of Contemptor. Prior to starting the site, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He currently resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.
5 Comments on this post.
  • Reynardine
    19 July 2016 at 9:32 am

    Look, we can’t help it if Melania is a dumb, plagiarizing floozy, and neither can Hillary Clinton.

  • Misty
    19 July 2016 at 10:30 am

    According to Trump’s damage control, “In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations…” It’s great to know how Michelle Obama’s has influenced Melania.

  • Misty
    19 July 2016 at 10:32 am

    And then they mention that, “… in some instances included fragments” of what Melania thought on her own. FRAGMENTS!!!???

    • Misty
      19 July 2016 at 10:39 am

      Michelle is admired by Melania. GREAT. It’s unfortunate that only a FRAGMENT of Melania’s thoughts were included in her own speech. So, who, in YOUR opinion, is the SMARTER of the two?

  • Misty
    19 July 2016 at 10:46 am

    According to Paul Manafort, campaign manager, “I mean, she was speaking in front of 35 million people last night. She knew that. To think that she would be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy.” But hear this, not only did she crib the words, only changing “fragments” within the sentences, but she also mimicked the phrasing. CRAZY, isn’t it??

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