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Melania Trump Speechwriter Admits to Copying Michelle Obama Remarks

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.

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55 Responses to Melania Trump Speechwriter Admits to Copying Michelle Obama Remarks

  1. ……some of the “phrasing” was identical, word for word, line by line. That was such a shame for Mrs. Trump who did an amazing job on delivery.

    • Agree.
      Now that the person responsible is public, let’s get on with the campaign to make America great again. I don’t know any national election campaign where something didn’t happen to embarrass someone, sometime. The gist of all of this is fixing the despicable damage the Obamas have done in 8 years.

  2. This is the way to properly handle mistakes:

    Admit the error, be sincere.
    Apologize to those who were affected.
    Young people goof up, mentors understand.
    Learn from it, and move on…

    OR: Deny, deny, deny, drag it on forever, and in the end, blame it on others and say its old news, what difference does it make?

    The choice is very simple.

    H

    • Had it been Michelle parroting Laura Bush, a) the press would not have pursued it, and b) Obama would have said it was George Bush’s fault.

    • Well said Harv.
      This pettiness is getting under my skin.
      Even some comments further down on this thread.

      Grow up people, she speaks 5 languages fluently.
      What would you say if she delivered the speech in a different language?
      Bitch because you couldn’t understand it ?

      Get over it.
      If Trump wins the left is going to attack them relentlessly.

      A few words in a speech?
      Get over it.

      • Exactly. Hope all the Dems and MSM feel proud of themselves now.
        They caused the public humiliation of a young woman tasked with a job that was above her skill set.
        They are meanies and bullies.

        • She discussed the wording of the speech with Melania.
          Melania accepted it and presented it with all of the poise that we can expect from a future First Lady.

          • And to answer your earlier question, yes they would bitch.
            The current MSM and politicians and their cohorts are the whiniest,bitchiest, me-me-me generation I have ever encountered.

  3. Oh, my gosh — how old was this speechwriter — 10 years old? Even high school students know not to just borrow wholesale. This is so embarrasing in so many ways.

    • Plagiarism is the unauthorized use of another’s work without giving credit. Copying and pasting and then using that work, reprehensible. This young woman must have gone to journalism school. Is she a family friend? We know they are working on a low budget, time to bring in some paid help.

      • If you read the background about the person who inserted into Melania’s speech, you would know that she works for Mr. Trump and helped him to write his books and other collaborations. True, she should have known better. But she offered to resign over the embarrassment and owned up by writing a public letter. Time to move on to what is a campaign to dissolve the sociocrat hold on our government and get our republic back on track.

    • Now that I know more, I see this was one of those mistakes that starts off small and then as it rolls downhill and on the way becomes a BIG mistake.

      I bet the speechwriter forgot which phrases came from where as the drafts and tweaks progressed over time and was horrified to see that she’d failed to rephrase the Obama speech ideas that had been given to her.

      And it’s not as if MO or her speech writers created ideas such as “your word is your bond” at any rate.

  4. Honestly, sourcing anything from the Obamas is totally stupid. They need to make that a hard rule for the campaign. No Obama words, no Clinton words. Don’t be stupid.

  5. The latest story on MSNBC is that the ballerina turned’family friend’ gave Melania several quotes but forgot to put quotation marks on Michelle Obama’s quote.

    It’s always the cover-up that gets everyone in hot water. Now we learn that Melania is an admirer of Michelle Obama!!!

    The Trump family is definitely not ready for prime time. IMO, the Donald does not want the job – that’s why he won’t spend the $$$ for a decent staff. He is not taking anything seriously, except the personal slurs.

    Trump is having the time of his life – at the expense of his loyalists and, worse yet, the country. The only thing missing is the styrofoam columns.

  6. Just to get into the head of the predictable MSM for a moment…if he had accepted her resignation, the meme would be that he “fired” her and is perpetuating the war on women, etc.

  7. “A person she has always liked is Michelle Obama.”

    Just another reason I’m leaving the top of my ballot blank.

    And I don’t want to hear one word from Trump supporters blaming me if Hillary is elected. Not one.

    You nominated this train wreck. Not me.
    You own it.

    • Nope. I will blame you and those like you.
      IF she is elected, don’t blame me. I’m smart enough to know that not voting is a vote for Hillary – and – a third party vote is a vote for Hillary. I would vote for any Republican rather than Hill or a dope smoking third party candidate.
      But that’s just me. Nah…that’s a majority of the people.
      When HRC finishes setting up her utopian socialist empire – don’t come crying to me! You will own that mess and the resulting hardships.

    • And given the circumstances at the convention what would you have done…..selected a new nominee, that everyone would agree on and now tear the party apart even further, who and when and how?

      Everyone who refuses to vote just use this as an excuse. It’s not about the people anymore it’s about the country.

  8. The Speech, cont.:
    (sorry, I can’t stop laughing).
    ahem.
    The latest;
    There was some mixup in MrsTrump’s speech prepared by a woman staffer that allowed some remarks made by MrsObama, who MrsTrump admires so much, to be included, accidently.
    Said woman staffer offered her resignation to MrTrump, but he being a kind and considerate employer of women allowed that mistakes can be made and all is well.
    What we learned from this unfortunate incident is that MrTrump holds women employees in high regard and is most understanding, and that MrsTrump admires Michelle Obama so much that she wants to speak as she does.
    A most satisfactory finish to a non-story, IMO.

  9. Lynch just meet Bill, coincidentally, then Hillary walks.
    But, look , this is Soooo much more important.
    Don’t care, don’t care, don’t care.

    • Where has Bill been hiding since the “spur of the moment” meeting?
      Honestly, I bet he is having “work” so he will look youngish and vibrant during the convention.

      • Never considered that but you are probably right. Also maybe off to one of the Swiss clinics for “revitalization” treatments.

        Nothing is too good for the First Pimp.

      • Billy has looked like a zombie for the past few years. Barely awake, tired eyes, flat affect, confused. There’s no there there, except when he’s chasing under aged girls, apparently.

  10. The Party in Waiting to overturn the US will just see this as a victory. They will not stop. This small, seemingly proper thing to do, will just encourage them to gut the Republicans, Trump and the US.

    Sounds melodramatic — but it is the way it is. And they own the means of communication. One of the first things that are seized in any revolution.

  11. Just heard that Debbie Wasserman Schultz hack being interviewed. She was asked about the D’s plans for their convention. “One of the things we are going to emphasize,” she said, “is Hillary Clinton’s virtues.”

    She actually said that.

  12. I can’t imagine what Mrs. Trump admires about MO. My theory is that hasn’t spent much time learning about her — just seen some MO-camp propaganda and believed it. I admire Mrs. Obama’s height — I wish I were that tall. My admiration stops there, but then I have spent time and attention on the subject.

  13. I guess high school and college students can be forgiven their indiscretion of plagiarizing and never have to give credit for their sources, if this is a “everybody makes mistakes” moment!