Melania Trump’s speechwriters copied more than a paragraph of her speech from Michelle Obama’s 2008 address to the Democratic National Convention.
As Twitter user Jarrett Hill noted, Trump’s speech closely tracked several sentences that Obama used in her speech. Here’s the tweet, with the text highlighted:
NPR carried the original text of Obama’s speech. The relevant section is here, and areas of common phrasing have been bolded:
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.
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.
Below is the section of Trump’s speech, as transcribed by Quartz:
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 their only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.
Trump “has been working with a speechwriter for the last five to six weeks, honing her speech,” CNN reported. She told NBC News (video) before the convention started that “I wrote it, and with a little help as possible.”
The Trump campaign press office put out a statement after the similarities had been pointed out that did little to explain the matter, or even address it: