Written by: Lataya Rothmiller
Melania Trump’s opening speech of the Republican National Convention (RNC) is making headlines Tuesday morning, and not because it was impressive.
Presidential candidate Trump introduced his wife Monday night, whom highlighted the opening day of the RNC to share a speech about her love of the country as an immigrant.
However, her message was lost when her immediate passages mirrored the 2008 Democratic National convention speech of first lady, Michelle Obama.
CNN tweeted a comparison photo early Tuesday morning.
— CNN (@CNN) July 19, 2016
Mrs. Trump’s opening RNC speech read:
“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.”
Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech read:
“And 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.”
There has not been a solid explanation as to why the speeches mirror each other, but the Trump campaign is dismissing all criticism, saying the claims are “just absurd.”
The White House has declined to comment on the similarities between the two convention speeches. However, the issue is likely to be addressed at the White House Daily Briefing.
According to the Associated Press, Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort insists that “some” words were similar, but that: “ninety-nine percent of that speech talked about her being an immigrant and love of country and love of family and everything else.”
Trump spokesman Jason Miller hinted at some originality in the speech.
“In writing Melania’s 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.”
However, the public still isn’t convinced.The hashtag #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes is circulating on twitter Tuesday morning as users post satirical memes and quotes about Mrs. Trump’s “originality.”
— Ian Warren (@ijwarren) July 19, 2016
The Republican National Convention will continue until as planned until Thursday, July 21st. The remaining themes for the remaining days will be playing off of his “Make America Great Again” slogan. “Make America Work Again,” “Make America First Again,” and “Make America One Again.”
Trump accepts his nomination as a Republican candidate for president Thursday.