Say, On The Freakout Over Melania Trump’s RNC Speech

You’ve caught this, right? I’m deeming this as sexism

(CNN) Manafort denied allegations that Melania Trump plagiarized a Michelle Obama speech on the first night of the Republican National Convention, calling the accusation “just really absurd.”

“To think that she would do something like that knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd,” Manafort told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day.”

At least one passage in Trump’s speech Monday night plagiarized from Obama’s address to the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

Here’s what it looks like, via the NY Times (CNN has a graphic)

Ms. Trump, Monday night:

“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 values and morals in their daily lives. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son. And we need to pass those lessons on to the manygenerations 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.”

Mrs. Obama, in her 2008 speech:

“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.”

Ms. Trump:

“I was born in Slovenia, a small, beautiful and then-Communist country in Central Europe. My sister, Ines, who is an incredible woman and a friend, and I were raised by my wonderful parents. My elegant and hard-working mother, Amalija, introduced me to fashion and beauty. My father, Viktor, instilled in me a passion for business and travel. Their integrity, compassion and intelligence reflects to this day on me and for my love of family and America.”

Mrs. Obama, in 2008:

“And I come here as a daughter — raised on the South Side of Chicago by a father who was a blue-collar city worker and a mother who stayed at home with my brother and me. My mother’s love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion and her intelligence reflected in my own daughters.”

I’m not going to defend nor slam Mrs. Trump. I don’t know what happened, and there is plenty more spin out there. However, there is this, via an email from Popular Technology

Michelle Obama stole her “values” in her 2008 speech from a 1992 Book by African Author Rob Marsh – “Business success in South Africa”

“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, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them.”
“…is based upon the application of certain basic truths: that integrity is all important, that your word is your bond, that if you owe a person money you pay him back, that you work hard, enjoy what you do and show a loyalty to those with whom you work and do business. He instilled in me simple, clear cut values and a will to succeed.”

Huh. So, she kinda cribbed her speech. Why is the media not slamming her on this?

Others such as Zero Hedge are noticing this, too.

BTW, I’m deeming this whole line as sexist aimed at Melania.

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22 Responses to “Say, On The Freakout Over Melania Trump’s RNC Speech”

  1. Hank_M says:

    The left had to find something to criticize about last nights repub convention and this is the best they could do.

    Safe to conclude the first night was a success.

  2. Dana says:

    It’s a safe enough guess that Mrs Trump didn’t write that speech herself. That said, there’s got to be a campaign speechwriter getting his knuckles rapped right about now.

  3. john says:

    The CNN graphic is more damning here is the link Teach forgot http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/19/politics/melania-trump-michelle-obama-speech/index.html
    Mrs Trump (#3) also lied about her college degree she dropped out she dropped out after one year
    She also slathers her 7 year old son in caviar infused skin goop that she sells under her own name
    The unfortunate boy now smeels like fish eggs

  4. Hank_M says:

    Imagine, Melania plagiarized and of all people she plagiarized Michelle Obama, who’s husband plagiarized Deval Patrick who’s VP plagiarized Neil Kinnock. The horror!

    And she lied. Good lord, when have we seen that before? Oh right, Obama on a near daily basis but especially about keeping our doctors, keeping our health care plans, lied about the Iran deal….lies about damn near everything. Or Clinton, who lies about lies and then lies some more.

    But hey, if that doesn’t do it, let’s sit in the gutter and insult Melania’s son.

    The problem is, after Obama/Clinton, any criticism leveled at anyone on the right has already been negated by the same behavior exhibited by the left. After that it’s all hypocrisy and dishonesty, where the left truly excels.

  5. Sharon says:

    Check out Gerald Ford’s remarks in his commencement address at Holton-Arms School in 1975, “Best of all, we live in a Nation where our dreams are limited only by our imagination and our willingness to work.” I didn’t hear Republicans hammering Michelle Obama for plagiarism after her convention speech, did you? Snarky should be unbecoming but seems to be a blood sport and highly admired on the left.

  6. Zachriel says:

    So, she kinda cribbed her speech.

    No. Michelle Obama’s does not look cribbed at all. However, Melania Trump’s speech was out-and-out plagiarism.

  7. david7134 says:

    Speech writers on both sides are caught using the same reference material and clichés and the liberals go bat shit. Bizarre. Shows the bias of the media. Trumps wife was elegant and passionate in her speech. MO looked and acted like my maid.

  8. Jeffery says:

    dave,

    None of what you said is true.

  9. Jl says:

    Melania Trump plagiarized a speech. Elizabeth Warren plagiarized an ethnicity. If that’s all the libs have, you can tell they’re scared shitless

  10. Liam Thomas says:

    @John

    Is it only politically correct for the left to insult those that would come to America on their own free will.

    On days when Melanija Knavs could not play outside or grew tired of knitting her navy blue sweaters, she and her friends would exchange notes along the lines of yarn they strung between their apartment block balconies.

    In clear handwriting, Melanija mused about the boys of her dreams.

    She could not have seen what was coming. Melanija Knavs is now Melania Trump, and she is one election away from being the first foreign-born first lady since Louisa Adams.

    I thought it was off limits to call a black man a nigger or a Mexican a spic, or an Italian a whap etc…etc…..you know that politically incorrect…..

    Except if your the left then you can rail against the Foreign born immigrants that come to the USA….especially if those Damn people would dare to not support the communist revolution you and jeffery lead here in America.

    Pitiful the lefts hypocrisy….It is the left murdering cops on the streets……chirp,,, chrip,,,chrip…..It is the left sitting in on Wall street against the very same filthy rich CEO’s who will see Hillary in Power as they have bought and paid for her a dozen times over.

    You lefty progressives make me sick…..now Classical democrats are my heros….the people of the JFK movement…those people who thought America was great with flaws……

    YOU JUST SEE THE FLAWS……pathetic.

  11. Jeffery says:

    Mrs. Trump is not running for President, her husband is. We should all focus on the candidates.

    Meredith McIver, a staff writer associated with the Trumpster campaign has taken responsibility for the speech snafu.

    She said that Mrs. Trump liked Mrs. Obama and read some of the Obama speech over the phone to McIver who included it in the speech without checking the result against the original Obama speech. Voila! Plagiarism.

    Can you trust a potential 1st Lady who admits to liking Michelle Obama???

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/us/politics/melania-trump-speech-meredith-mciver.html?_r=0&mtrref=go.redirectingat.com&gwh=ABF22718A6FAED70F91E9F02D666C9BC&gwt=pay

  12. david7134 says:

    Jeff,
    You mean you are criticizing a person for admiring the words of her opposition? Do you realize how stupid that makes you look? For that matter, I watched both speeches, Trumps wife was passionate and believed the words, MO was just mouthing crap, and still looked like my maid.

  13. Zachriel says:

    david7134: You mean you are criticizing a person for admiring the words of her opposition?

    What it means it that it was directly copied from Michelle Obama’s speech, not from My Little Pony or whatever excuse was being offered by the Republican Party.

    david7134: MO was just mouthing crap, and still looked like my maid.

    Sure. Racism is dead.

  14. david7134 says:

    Big Z,
    If she said the same speech, who cares!!! How about the fact that Hillary killed 4 Americans in Libya and lied to their loved ones over their dead bodies. How about the fact the Hillary can’t open her mouth without lying. How about the fact that the Clintons sell influence, tech, uranium to our enemies under the cover of their so called charity. The list is endless, but very stupid liberals are ready and eager to elect her. As to racism, big deal, you have used that term so much it has no meaning. Anything I say can be racist and I have quit playing your stupid PC game. Move out of the basement and get a job.

  15. Jeffery says:

    dave,

    You fit in here at StormFront Lite.

  16. drowningpuppies says:

    Sure. Racism is dead.

    Viz. Micah X. Johnson

  17. david7134 says:

    Jeff and Z,
    Now you are both showing your bigotry and prejudice. How do you know what race my maid is? Your bigotry says she is black. How do you know how I feel toward my maid? Your prejudice is evident. You seem to be very familiar with Stormfront and like their governmental ideas.

  18. Jeffery says:

    dave typed:

    You mean you are criticizing a person for admiring the words of her opposition?

    All she had to say was, “In the words of 1st Lady Michelle Obama…”. Otherwise it’s called plagiarism, or appropriating the words of another with attribution.

    It looks like a sloppy accident, but if you can’t run a campaign how can you run a nation?

    Let’s see… you refer to your President as a shoeshine boy, and the 1st Lady as your maid.

    You’re a typical smelly old Confederate pining for the good ole days when you didn’t have to pay your “maid” or your “shoeshine boy”.

    And yes liberals (and America) will be better off when you and your kind are gone.

  19. Jeffery says:

    Did Micah Johnson comment here? I didn’t think so.

    Racist, heal thyself.

  20. Jeffery says:

    dave,

    Are you superior to your maid?

  21. Zachriel says:

    david7134: If she said the same speech, who cares!!!

    It shows a serious lack of oversight in the Trump campaign, to allow Melania to be put in such a position. However, it is good she brought Michelle Obama’s speech about hard work to notice.

    david7134: How about the fact that Hillary killed 4 Americans in Libya and lied to their loved ones over their dead bodies.

    Squirrel!!