Some Melania Trump Speech Lines Mirror Michelle Obama Speech


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melMelania Trump’s well-received speech Monday to the Republican National Convention contained two passages that match nearly word-for-word the speech that first lady Michelle Obama delivered in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention.

The passages in question focus on lessons that Mrs. Trump, the wife of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, said she learned from her parents and the relevance of their lessons in her experience as a mother. They came near the beginning of her roughly 10-minute speech, which was otherwise distinct from the address that Mrs. Obama gave when her husband, then-Sen. Barack Obama, was being nominated for president.

In Mrs. Trump’s speech in Cleveland, she said: “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.”

In Mrs. Obama’s 2008 speech in Denver, she said: “And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: like, you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond, that 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.”

Another passage with notable similarities that follows two sentences later in Mrs. Trump’s speech addresses her attempts to instill those values in her son.

“We need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow,” Mrs. Trump said. “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.”

In the first lady’s 2008 speech, she said, “Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values and to pass them onto 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 hard for them.”

Trump’s campaign responded in a statement that said her “immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech.” The statement didn’t mention Mrs. Obama.

“In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller said.

White House officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Monday evening.

In an interview with NBC News taped ahead of her convention appearance and posted online early Tuesday, Mrs. Trump said of her speech, “I wrote it.” She added that she had “a little help.”



  1. This is pure Liberal garbage. In order to minimize her speech they find similar lines as if the speech was copied. You will find similar lines in most political speeches!!!

    This is so disingenuous!!! I’m surprised that TYW even printed this article. It most be a really slow news day.

  2. It is a well know fact that Hashem takes away the bechira of the leaders of the world, because they have too much control over too many People, and therefore controls what they do and say. So it makes sense that they would say the same thing

  3. Typical complicit Liberal media. With Muslem terrorists infiltrating our country in Fort Hood, San Bernardino, Orlando, etc…slaughtering white Americans like sheep. With black hoodlums murdering white police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, this is the best the DNC can come up with?! Is Hillary that pathetic? Is VP Cory Booker that dumb?

  4. Yaapchik, it is comforting to know you are concerned about lives. I’m sure you were therefore opposed to the invasion of Iraq as 10’s of thousands of people died as a result.

  5. These things aren’t that uncommon and the concepts themselves are used very often.

    Michelle copied those things as well. One things has been proven though, Michelle and her husband clearly don’t believe those American ideals.

  6. to y2r

    Maybe this will make you happy.

    What the republicans are saying is that blame the democrat Mrs. Obama that she copied the words from Mrs. trump 8 years before trump said it.

  7. To #1:

    This pure liberal garbage.

    So these left, commie, libtard, main stream, lame stream media also reports this garbage:
    Wall Street Journal
    Washington Times

  8. Like a broken record!Again,I must chastise you for a stupid AP article!You simply refuse to discontinue soiling yourselves by constantly feeding us this endless drivel!!!!!

  9. “You will find similar lines in most political speeches!”

    No, you don’t. Melania (or her speechwriter) is a plagiarizer. No surprise, given that Trump has no original ideas other than hate.

    “Michelle copied those things as well. ”

    No, she didn’t. But it is typical of Trump supporters to lie about everything.

    “the invasion of Iraq as 10′s of thousands of people died as a result”

    More like hundreds of thousands. And it led directly to the rise of Islamic State. Note that Trump has lied about his own support for the Iraq invasion. He claims he opposed it but he told Howard Stern otherwise. At least Clinton admits that her support for the invasion was an error; Trump is incapable of admitting anything (or of telling the truth about anything).

    “this is the best the DNC can come up with?”

    The DNC didn’t “come up” with this. Melania (or her speechwriter) engaged in plagiarism.

    And while you can’t stop every act of terror, it is Clinton, not Trump, who has been supporting doing something about the ease with which terrorist wannabes can get guns to kill police — and us. The Republicans have no problem allowing the police to be outgunned. Just this week Kasich refused to suspend open carry laws that will allow extremist racists to come to Cleveland with semiautomatic rifles.

    “where people got killed because of an State Dept”

    If you had bothered to read the actual reports by the Republican investigations, they could not find evidence that Hillary Clinton was responsible. Yet another example of bald faced lying by Trump supporters.

  10. Hey Charlie curious to know y hills rues lies about Benghazi don’t bother you and if that had been bush would you have felt the same just wondering being that you seem to claim to be honest