Melania Trump’s Speech Plagairized Part of Michele Obama’s 2008 DNC Speech

July 19, 2016 | Updated: 5:38 a.m., July 19, 2016

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Monday night Melania Trump gave a speech making the case for her husband, Donald Trump, to be President of the United States.

Melania, a striking woman, and a former model was the picture of polished, pristine perfection. She was the talk of social media and thousands crowded a convention hall to hear her speak. And it was her speech that was gaining a lot of attention, but not for all the right reasons. Did Melania borrow parts of her speech from current first lady Michele Obama?

One person, Journalist Jarret Hill pointed out the striking parallels between Melania’s Monday night speech and First Lady Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech.

Here’s Melania’s speech:

“From a young age,” she said, according to prepared remarks, “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,” she said. “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.”

Mrs. Trump didn’t write her speech unassisted. She was aided by a speechwriter and had been working on her address for more than a month.

It seems unlikely that Trump’s speechwriter was the same person who came to Michelle Obama’s aid eight years ago.

Side-by-side comparisons of the transcripts show the text in Trump’s address following, nearly to the word, the first lady’s own from the first night of the Democratic convention in Denver nearly eight years ago.

Despite the brewing controversy, Mr. Trump said his wife rocked her much anticipated speech.