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Was Melania Trump’s RNC Speech a Little Too Similar to Michelle Obama’s From 2008?

Melania Trump’s speech last night at the Republican National Convention had some notable similarities to the speech Michelle Obama gave eight years ago at the Democratic National Convention.

Journalist Jarrett Hill was the first to notice the similarities in the speeches.

In Trump’s speech, she says, in part:

From a young age, 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 morals in their daily life. That is the lesson that I continue to pass along to our son. And we need to pass those lessons on to 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 your willingness to work for them.

Obama’s speech from 2008, in part:

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. And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generation. Because 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 Donald Trump campaign denied all plagiarism claims with a general statement from Jason Miller, the senior communications adviser:

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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.

Campaign chairman Paul Manafort told CNN: “There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These were common words and values. She cares about her family,” Manafort said. “To think that she’d be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy.”

He went on to say, “This is once again an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, she seeks out to demean her and take her down. It’s not going to work.”

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