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Donald Trump’s wife accused of plagiarising Michelle Obama in Republican convention speech

New Delhi: Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential candidate, has been accused of plagiarising US first lady Michelle Obama in her speech delivered on the first day of the Republican National Convention. According to

India TV Politics Desk [ Published on: July 19, 2016 18:09 IST ]
Melania and Donald Trump
Melania and Donald Trump

New Delhi:  Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential candidate, has been accused of plagiarising US first lady Michelle Obama in her speech delivered on the first day of the Republican National Convention.

According to BBC, political commentators have pointed out that  Melania Trump’s speech resembles Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech.

In one part of her speech, Melania Trum said, "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."

Her critics point out that it was similar to Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech in which she had said "And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and 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."

In another segment of her speech, Melania Trump said, “My parents taught me to show the values and morals in my daily life. That is the lesson that I continue to pass along to our son. And we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow, 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."

Again, the commentators have pointed out that it’s similar to Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech in which she had said "And Barack Obama and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generations. Because we want our children, and all children in this nation, to know that the only limit to the height of your achievement is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them."

Jason Miller, Melania Trump's communications adviser, has said that Melania’s speech reflected both her life's inspirations as well as her own thinking.

"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,” Jason Miller was quoted as saying by BBC.

"Melania's immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success," he added.

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