The wife of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Melania, delivered the closing speech at the end of the first day of the party’s national convention Monday evening in Cleveland, lines of which appear to have plagiarized Michelle Obama’s 2008 remarks at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was quick to deny the allegations Tuesday, saying that Mrs. Obama’s words were not “cribbed” by Mrs. Trump.
“These were common words and values. She cares about her family,” Manafort said on CNN. “To think that she’d be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy.”
Earlier on Monday, Mrs. Trump told NBC’s Today that she had drafted most of the speech herself but only “read once over it, and that’s all.”
However, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said Tuesday morning at an event host by Bloomberg Politics that the speech’s ghostwriter would “probably” have to be fired, but stipulated that, “It all kinda depends on the circumstances and how these things are written.”
The Trump campaign released the following statement regarding Melania’s speech, which Mrs. Trump tweeted early Tuesday morning:
Statement on Melania Trump Speech pic.twitter.com/80KgS0jxXz
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) July 19, 2016
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