Did Donald Trump's wife Melania copy Michelle Obama's speech?
Donald Trump's wife Melania's first appearance for her husband has been mired in controversy following allegations of plagiarism
Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump seems to be so eager to follow Michelle Obama's footsteps to the White House that it appears she even lifted verbatim for her speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday from Michelle's speech at the 2008 Democratic convention.
Melania claimed to have written the speech on her own, a speech in which she portrayed her husband as the person who can lead the country.
Melania Trump is the third wife of Donald Trump. She is a Slovene-American jewelry and watch designer and former model.
Melania's speech mainly elaborated her husband's personal qualities. But later, she was accused of plagiarising Michelle Obama's speech.
About Donald Trump, she said: "He's tough when he has to be, but he's also kind and fair and caring. The kindness is not always noted, but it's there for all to see. That is one reason I fell in love with him to begin with."
However, a two-paragraph section of the speech on Monday night in which Melania talks about growing up valuing hard work and passing on those values to her children closely mirrored Michelle Obama's 2008 speech, which was seen as a breakout moment for the future US First Lady and a humanising moment for her husband, President Brack Obama.
About halfway through her speech, Melania said: "My parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life. That your work is your bond, and you do what you say and keep your promise. That you treat people with respect.".
At the 2008 Democratic convention, Michelle had said: "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."
Melania then went on to emphasise the 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 the willingness to work for them".
It's a close copy of the next line in Michelle's speech: "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."
When host Matt Lauer had asked Melania if she had practiced the speech, she had told him: "I read once over it, and that's all. Because I wrote it…with as little help as possible."
The Trump campaign did not respond to the allegations. Donald Trump was full of praise for his wife's address on Twitter, NBC News noted.
"It was truly an honor to introduce my wife, Melania. Her speech and demeanor were absolutely incredible. Very proud!" Trump tweeted.
The convention started on Monday in Cleveland, Ohio and will run till Thursday with some 5,000 delegates representing the country's 50 states, the District of Colombia and five US territories to determine Trump's future to lead the country.