Melania Trump talked about the hard work her parents taught her, but the speech appeared almost identical to one Michelle Obama delivered in 2008.
July 19, 2016:Â Melania Trump delivered a rare speech Monday on the first night of the Republican National Convention about her husband Donald Trump, which shared an almost identical section to first lady Michelle Obamaâ€™s Democratic convention speech in 2008.
The presumptive Republican nomineeâ€™s wife discussed the hard work instilled by her parents, treating people with respect, and wanting a better future for children â€” which were all apparently things she took from Michelle Obamaâ€™s address.
Melania Trump said in her speech Monday:
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 theonly limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.
Michelle Obamaâ€™s convention speech in 2008 hit on many of the same themes:
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 youâ€™re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you donâ€™t know them, and even if you donâ€™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 â€” and all children in this nation â€” 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.
Before taking the stage Monday night, Melania Trump told NBCâ€™s Matt Lauer she wrote the speech.
â€œI wrote itâ€¦ with a little help as possible,â€ she said.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a BuzzFeed News request for comment, but released a statement through a spokesperson on Monday night that addressed Melaniaâ€™s speech:
In writing her beautiful speech, Melaniaâ€™s team of writers took notes on her lifeâ€™s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. Melaniaâ€™s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.â€
The similarities were first pointed out by Jarrett Hill on Twitter.
Two former Obama staffers said the original author of the lines was Sarah Hurwitz, a former Obama campaign speechwriter who now works in the White House as a special assistant to the president.
Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau said he had â€œno ideaâ€ how the blunder could have happened. â€œA stray line or phrase could be a mistake. Two full paragraphs from the current First Lady is just incomprehensible,â€ he said. â€œI canâ€™t believe someone would do that to her.â€
â€œMichelleâ€™s head speechwriter, used to be Hillaryâ€™s,â€ Favreau tweeted. â€œSo the Trump campaign plagiarized from a Hillary speechwriter.â€
â€œIâ€™ve had a great record, I havenâ€™t been involved in plagiarism,â€ Trump said.
Hereâ€™s a video comparing the two speeches:
Melania Trump plagiarized Michelle Obama tonight, and here’s the video to prove it: pic.twitter.com/gCDeJL04zY
â€” (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) July 19, 2016
By Michelle Broder Van Dyke