For hours leading up to Melania Trump’s GOP convention speech, we heard that she’s been preparing it for 5 or 6 weeks. But someone saved time by lifting passages from First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech. 


Melania Trump apparently plagiarized passages from Michelle Obama’s 2008 “One Nation” Democratic convention speech.

For accuracy’s sake, following are the relevant transcripts of both speeches.

MICHELLE OBAMA:

“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 to 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.”

MELANIA TRUMP:

“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 life. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son, and we need to pass those lessons on to the 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.”

Judge for yourself:


Credit to Jarrett Hill for catching that this key passage–on hard work, treating people with respect, and passing on good values to your kids–was lifted almost verbatim from the First Lady.

Reaction has been swift: