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This spoof of Melania Trump on Stephen Colbert’s CBS “Late Show” was pitch-perfect

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Melania Trump at the Republican National Convention, not Laura Benanti on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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Stephen Colbert’s brilliant skewering of the Republican National Convention continued into Tuesday (July 19) on the CBS Late Show. This time, he brought on actress Laura Benanti, known for her roles on Broadway and the TV show Nashville, to issue a statement as Melania Trump.

Her spot-on impression of the hopeful First Lady borrowed “common words and values” from other sources, just as the former model’s actual convention speech this week stole lines from Michelle Obama’s address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. But instead of pulling from other convention speeches (or a Rick Astley song), Benanti’s Trump pulled from famous pieces of literature, advertising campaigns, the Beastie Boys, and even the The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

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