Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump said it was Michelle Obama, not his wife Melania, whose 2008 convention speech included two plagiarzed paragraphs from his wife’s convention speech last night in Cleveland.
“It’s unbelievable that Michelle Obama would take what she knew my wife would be saying this week and use it in her speech eight years ago,” Trump said last night in his hotel suite in Cleveland. Trump and his wife are in Cleveland for the 2016 Republican National Convention, which just made his nomination official. “She took the words right out of Melania’s mouth before Melania could even put them in her own mouth and speak them.”
Trump said he might file a lawsuit against Obama, charging her with stealing his wife’s words eight years before his wife could used them.
Under the alleged plagiarism, Obama, when she was giving her 2008 convention speech in Denver, said, “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.”
Those words sound remarkably similar to a line Melania Trump delivered last night during her speech: “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.”
Michelle Obama also allegedly stole another line from Melania Trump: “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.”
The original version of that line, delivered last night by Melania Trunp, says, “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.”
Trump said he doesn’t know how Michelle Obama knew what his wife was going to say eight years before she said it, but that detail isn’t as important as ensuring Obama is punished for anticipating his wife’s speech and lifting her words before she could use them.
“Of course they would want to use Melania’s lines before she could use them, because they knew her lines would be the best,” Trump said. “They had to know, because you can see for yourself the words are very similar. We’re going to sue, I guarantee you. We’re going to get justice for Melania, because she should be able to say her own words before someone steals them and uses them before she could use them herself.”
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