Meredith McIver, who describes herself as an “in-house staff writer at the Trump Organization,” has admitted to using Michelle Obama’s words in Melania Trump’s much-talked-about speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Monday.
In a statement released by the Trump Organization, McIver says she wrote down passages from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech that Melania had read to her over the phone “as examples.” Those words ultimately made it into Melania’s final speech, and McIver admits she did not go back to compare them to Michelle Obama’s speech.
McIver also says that Melania Trump has been a longtime admirer of Mrs. Obama.
According to the statement, McIver attempted to offer her resignation to the Trumps, but it was rejected. She went on to apologize saying, “This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama.”
“I asked to put out this statement because I did not like seeing the way this was distracting from Mr. Trump’s historic campaign for president and Melania’s beautiful message and presentation,” said McIver.
Eye Opener has reached out to McIver for comment. She has not yet responded.
Read the full statement below.
Shortly after Melania Trump’s speech Monday night, videos surfaced online comparing her words to a speech given by Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
Many claimed the speech was plagiarized, but the Trumps had previously denied those claims.