Donald Trump’s wife accused of plagiarising Michelle Obama’s address, receives flak

Mrs. Melania Trump And Mrs. Michelle Obama
Mrs. Melania Trump And Mrs. Michelle Obama

{BNN Online/OHIO, U.S.} – Republican Party’s presumptive nominee Donald Trump’s wife Melania shocked spectators at the Party Convention on Monday as her highest-profile speech on the day was copied, in parts, from Michelle Obama’s 2008 address to the Democratic National Convention.

According to reports, Melania’s speech started off as an emotional address intended to show her husband in a softer light, but a plagiarism controversy exploded after a journalist pointed out striking similarities between two paragraphs on Trump’s family values and the First Lady’s speech.

Melania discussed statements such as “you work hard for what you want in life” and “your word is your bond and you do what you say and you keep your promise.”

These were later revealed to be directly lifted from a part of Obama’s speech that said, “Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values. Like, you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond. That you do what you say you’re gonna do.”

The former fashion model also said that Trump “is and always has been an amazing leader. Now he will go to work for you.”

She added, “With all of my heart, I know that he will make a great and lasting difference. He will never give up and he will never, never let you down.”

She further went on to paint her husband as tough but kind and loyal, in an attempt to soften his image after his anti-Muslim and anti-immigration rhetoric angered many.

She said Trump would be the “president for anyone,” including Jews, Christians and Hispanics.

She acknowledged that the race “will be hard, tough fought all the way to November. There will be good times and hard times and unexpected turns. It would not be a Trump contest without excitement and drama.”

In response, the Trump campaign dismissed criticisms, and called the accusations “just absurd.”

Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager said, “There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. Certainly, there’s no feeling on her part that she did it. What she did was use words that are common words.”

The White House has refrained from comment, but is expected to raise the topic at the daily White House briefing.

The accusations of plagiarism brought to the forefront questions about Melania Trump’s education as well.

Her professional biography states that she began to work full-time after graduating “in design and architecture at University in Slovenia.”

However, her biographers reveal that she had never earned a degree in architecture, and had dropped out of college during her freshman year.

The biographers added that “after meeting Donald Trump and officially becoming his partner, Melania Knauss told the media that she got her degree in architecture and design. This was almost certainly done in consultation with Trump and his advisors, as they were desperate to give off the impression that the Slovenian model was not just beautiful, but also smart and well-educated.” READ MORE OF THIS REPORT

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.