A staff writer for the Trump organization admitted Wednesday that she wrote the lines for Melania Trump that copied Michelle Obama’s remarks from the 2008 Democratic convention.
Meredith McIver said in a statement that she had offered “my resignation to Mr. Trump and the Trump family, but they rejected it,” saying, “Mr. Trump told me that people make innocent mistakes and that we learn and grow from these experiences.”
From her statement
In working with Melania Trump on her recent First Lady speech, we discussed many people who inspired her and messages she wanted to share with the American people. A person she has always liked is Michelle Obama. Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama’s speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech. I did not check Mrs. Obama’s speehches. This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trump’s, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant . . . I apologize for the confusion and hysteria my mistake has caused.
There are several disturbing things about this. First, it highlights the incompetence dishonesty of the Trump campaign, which didn’t thoroughly vet this piece and which has been denying that anything particularly bad happened. Now it has released what is effectively an admission of a mistake and an apology. What’s more, this statement should have gone out Tuesday. Releasing it today makes this a two or three-day story.
And finally, why does Melania Trump have so much admiration for Mrs. Obama, a leftist who wants to expand federal control over our lives through her food programs, who has suggested those who seek voter ID cards are racist, and who has routinely jetted out on far-flung quasi-vacations at enormous taxpayer expense?
This does, however, say something good about Donald Trump’s decency. Despite all the “You’re fired” bluster, he is standing by an employee who made a very bad mistake, at the least, and is guilty of plagiarism at the worst. It seems most likely to me that this was an error of the cut and paste variety I outlined yesterday, not something done with evil intent, and if so it is noble of him not to cast her to the wolves. I think this will refelct well on him.
Though he might consider keeping her away from his Inaugural Address.