Melania’s Plagiarism is a Distraction

Melania Trump was rumored to plagiarize her speech from the one given by Michelle Obama during the Republican National Convention. This caused a stormy reaction of the public and became the reason of different anecdotes and memes online. However, many have also tried to defend the current White House First Lady by saying that this is based on the inaccurate quotes and incomplete paraphrasing.

The speech was all about honesty, inclusivity, and hard work that brought the convention into a standing ovation. However, most commentators stated that a part of the speech is similar to the one made by Michelle Obama during her own convention speech in 2008.

In defense of these allegations, Trump’s party defended Melania saying that there are just the mixed ups of common words and that there’s no intention of plagiarism in the speech. They even blamed Hillary Clinton said that it might be her work to discredit Trump. President’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, stated that there are no similarities between Melania and Michelle’s speeches. He added that Hillary Clinton is just taking revenge on Melania because the latter had tried to threaten her.

The said speech was one of the first that Mrs. Trump made for the public. She enlisted the help of the speechwriting team of Trump’s organization. Some Republican committee reacted saying that it was not Melania’s fault, but if this is the case, she should consider firing the speechwriter who got her into this controversy. This could be prevented if some speechwriters used the plagiarism checkers such as which can avoid a lot of problems in the future. Trump’s communications advisor, Jason Miller, said that the speechwriters used Mrs. Trump’s life inspiration as the material of the speech. The president himself described the speech as something “absolutely incredible.”

Other Cases of Plagiarism

Since the issue arose in the 2016 Republican National Convention, there are rumors that Melania Trump plagiarized a lot of her speeches. At the Women’s History Month, there is another information circulating on the internet saying that she copied the parts of her speech yet again from Mrs. Obama’s Democratic Convention in 2008.

Here are the samples of plagiarism from both of the speeches:

Mrs. Trump: “March starts Women’s History Month. Let’s celebrate the generations of American women who marched and organized for women’s rights and changed the shape of our society.” – Melania Trump, March 1, 2018.

Mrs. Obama: “This March, Women’s History Month, let’s honor the generations of American women who changed the shape of our society by marching and organizing for women’s rights.” – Michelle Obama, March 8, 2012.

It is important to note that the speech is not attributed to either of the two speakers. The quote at the top appears to be the altered version of the message that Melania has posted on Twitter. However, the same message was said to be the start of her speech during the Women’s History Month. There are also no solid pieces of evidence that Michelle Obama uttered the exact words. She delivered a speech on the International Women of Courage Awards and another speech that is related to the Women’s History Month, but the quote could not be found on either of the two.

Be Best vs. Be Better

There are articles online that state that Melania Trump has finally unveiled her plans about social media platforms. This is entitled “Be Best.” The program targets the well-being of children, cyberbullying, addresses addiction to opium, and promotes positive vibes on all social media platforms. This was presented at an event hosted by Rose Garden.

The plan sounds ambitious, but most observers have noticed that the entire speech was not original. She tackled the subjects about being a mom, preparing the children to the proper expression of their emotions online as well as sharing information on how to prevent them from destructive behaviors, and a lot more.

In an interview given to Oprah Winfrey, the former first lady made a speech entitled “Be Better” during a 2016 summit in the White House. These were not the only aspects that most critics of Trump’s organization have noticed. They mentioned the leaflets and pamphlets of Mrs. Trump that appeared to be entirely plagiarized from the ones released by Mrs. Obama during the 2014 Federal Trade Commission.

Other people posted their sentiments on Twitter through hashtags and other social media platforms. The White House has yet to comment on the other issues. But some say that if they are untrue, then there’s no point proving to the whole world that Melania Trump indeed copied some parts of her speeches from Michelle Obama. Only time can tell if these allegations are true. Some individuals who are in defense of the Trumps said that plagiarism is a kind of distraction from the real issues that most Americans face today.
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