It’s clear, the Trump campaign denials notwithstanding, that portions of Melania Trump’s speech Monday night to the Republican convention were lifted directly from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech to the Democratic convention. The question is, why?
The answer is probably that Donald Trump is running his campaign on the cheap, and he’s getting what he’s paying for.
I don’t rule out that Mrs. Trump, inexperienced in such things as speechwriting, decided to take a look at Michelle Obama’s remarks, delivered in the same situation, and found there some very nice things she innocently thought would work perfectly for her too. I sincerely doubt that, if she did this, she did it out of malice or because she was too lazy to write her own speech.
More likely, though, the remarks were written for her by a completely incompentent staffer, which is what you get when you are underfinanced. Or — and this seems in some ways to make the most sense, given how stupid this would be if it were a mistake — the Trump campaign has been sabotaged by the Democrats or some Republican angered by Trump’s behavior in the primaries.
Melania’s speech was endearing, intelligent, and compelling, and she helped her husband.
But now it will be remembered for one thing.