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So Melania’s speechwriters copied two paragraphs from Michelle Obama’s speechwriters…

It’s what the liberal mainstream media is talking about today.

Joe Biden’s history of plagiarism is a lot worse and a lot more intentional on the part of Biden while I presume that Melania was unaware that what she was saying was copied from Michelle Obama (but of course you can never be 100% certain). Additionally, Melania isn’t even a candidate for anything. Typical liberal mainstream media double standards.

Do any real undecided voters care about this? Probably not. And what would the Trump-haters in the media be talking about had this “plagiarism” not been uncovered? They probably would have been saying “Trump is the next Hitler” or something like that. So there’s the possibility that this was not merely sloppiness (or even intentional sabotage) from a rogue speechwriter, but something the campaign did knowingly to give Trump-haters in the liberal media something innocuous to talk about. But we’ll never know for sure.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 19, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. It is worth noting that there is no law against plagiarism.


    July 19, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    • Plus, it seems like “fair use”, anyway.

      Whitey Whiteman III

      July 19, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    • Looks like some of Hillary’s campaign workers are infecting the alt right blogs with comments.

      Hepp being one of them.


      July 19, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    • Melania’s writers clearly copied some of Sarah Hurwitz’s speech in order to troll the liberal media.

      It’s all empty cliches and any intelligent person should be a bit uncomfortable talking in such platitudes.

      Trump has to be trolling……….again. LOL.


      July 19, 2016 at 5:19 pm

  2. It shows how silly Beltway culture has become that the media thinks the public is supposed to have a Day of Indignation about Melania Trump, who didn’t write the speech anyway, repeating a few cliches about going after your dreams already said by Michelle Obama, who didn’t write it either.

    Is that plagiarism or meta-plagiarism?

    This surreal passage in the New York Times is even funnier for having been authored with a straight face:
    “Sarah Hurwitz, a White House speechwriter who composed Mrs. Obama’s 2008 address, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Speeches by political spouses tend to be deeply personal and even idiosyncratic….”


    July 19, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    • That is very funny. So Michelle’s “deeply personal and even idiosyncratic” speeches are written by a Jewish woman named Sarah Hurwitz?

      The NY Times is a movie directed by the Koen brothers, written by Mike Judge.


      July 19, 2016 at 3:42 pm

  3. I’m wondering whether this is just another Trump troll. Everybody is now comparing Melania to Michelle…..fill in the next step.

    Am I making myself clear?


    July 19, 2016 at 1:11 pm

  4. Maybe they had the same speechwriter.


    July 19, 2016 at 1:13 pm

  5. The damage is done. The comedic memes have been flying all over Facebook (and presumably twitter, which I don’t use) all day. I didn’t even realize it was just two paragraphs out of the whole speech until just now. It’s been represented and implied as a near complete lifting of Michelle Obama’s speech.


    July 19, 2016 at 1:13 pm

  6. The most liked comments on the NYT’s article about this are quivering with rage about the Trump campaign’s breach of ethics, yet Melania isn’t a candidate and these same people voted twice for a ticket that included Joe Biden, whose plagiarisms were both far more extensive and culpable.

    The most liked comment is from an academic librarian who says that “this speech would have been flagged as plagiarism & a violation of my college’s honor code, & a student doing this would have faced disciplinary measures,” but Michelle Obama would have violated the same honor code by turning in as her own a speech actually authored by Sarah Hurwitz.


    July 19, 2016 at 1:17 pm

  7. Most students at prole colleges plagiarize everything they submit; that’s why I no longer give my students any assignments. The Trumps are dopey proles; that’s why Melania’s a plagiarist. Maybe there’s no law against it, ScarletNumber, but it’s disgusting nonetheless. It’s disgusting that proles are put into social situations in which they find it necessary to plagiarize because they are too dopey to generate their own sentences. It’s disgusting that they have to attend colleges and give public speeches.


    July 19, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    • “Dopey proles” who outwitted the entire Republican establishment! They handed Ted “Princeton HLS star debater” and Jeb “family dynasty darling of the donor class” their asses!

      Maybe you need to re-evaluate your assumptions.


      July 20, 2016 at 10:38 am

  8. “Your word is your bond. You do what you say.”

    I heard that exact phrase 3 different times over this past weekend. Plagiarists abound!

    Andrew E.

    July 19, 2016 at 1:29 pm

  9. The liberal media was very understanding when Barack Obama plagiarized Deval Patrick:

    “Does Any Candidate Not Plagiarize?”

    And here:

    This article admits the “pretty striking borrowing,” but praises Obama for delivering Patrick’s speech so better than he did.


    July 19, 2016 at 1:40 pm

  10. OT, but famous legal writing academic Bryan Garner tweeted about Paul Fussell earlier.

    Sagi Is My Guru

    July 19, 2016 at 1:54 pm

  11. Why couldn’t Trump just fire the speechwriter who did this? They were obviously grossly incompetent or sabotaging the campaign. Why are they protecting this person just to make this a bigger story?

    You can’t deny reality to this extent. Sorry, but anyone on earth can look at those passages side by side.

    I’m sick of this BS. I never believed that Trump would start a nuclear war because of some small slight, now I think it’s probably going to be one international disaster after another.


    July 19, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    • “I never believed that Trump would start a nuclear war because of some small slight, now I think it’s probably going to be one international disaster after another.”

      Uhh huh. Troll much, Spanky?


      July 19, 2016 at 4:06 pm

  12. And this would be pretty much over if they just fired the speechwriter who did this. Now they have to keep asking every Republican official on TV about this, because it remains a mystery how the speech ended up plagiarized. If you just say “This is X’s fault, he’s fired,” it takes the sails out of it.

    My theory: Melania actually wrote the speech, like she claimed in the media. And she googled “speeches about husbands” or something and ended up with the quotes.

    If it was actually a speechwriter who did this, there’s no logic to not firing the person. The only explanation would be Trump is totally crazy, and would destroy his campaign before ever admitting fault for anything.


    July 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    • Trump is neither crazy nor disastrous. Just say you support Hillary; it’s less wordy.


      July 19, 2016 at 2:55 pm

  13. Someone set her up. The Trump campaign fell for it.

    A Reader

    July 19, 2016 at 2:03 pm

  14. But I do wonder: how in the hell did this happen? It lends the impression that Trump/his campaign doesn’t really give a shit.


    July 19, 2016 at 2:31 pm

  15. Of course Trump is trolling the liberals.


    July 19, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    • I don’t buy that. I played around with the idea that this is a troll but now I think it was just stupidity.

      We should all be talking about Benghazi and Patricia Smith. Instead, it’s about Melania and how dumb she is.

      Not good for Trump.


      July 19, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      • Nah. The time for Benghazi will come. It’s not going to go away.


        July 19, 2016 at 11:30 pm

  16. Lion, I read the passages involved and just don’t see any plagiarism there, just lefty delusional self-confirmation.

    Melania Trump was was talking about commonplaces. If she said she loved the flag and rockets, they would have accused her of plagiarizing the Star Spangled Banner.


    July 19, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    • The passages are too identical to be a coincidence. Not that I think it matters one bit that one of her speechwriters screwed up.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 19, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      • Scully, Matthew (2013-10-07). “Pro-Life, Pro-Animal: The conscience of a pro-life, vegan conservative”. National Review Online.

        The Gaians strike back!


        July 19, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      • Hmph. I like Scully. I think he wrote Palin’s convention speech (which won a lot of praise). He’s considered one of the best. I’d be surprised if he lifted passages.


        July 19, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      • I suppose if the press did a little research they could find Michelle’s speech ‘lifted’ from someone else.

        Not a darn thing said I didn’t hear from my grandmother. If this were the standard half the 1940 screenwriters in Hollywood would be fired.


        July 20, 2016 at 12:11 am

  17. So prole and funny … and it is on Fox News :
    (what is extraordinary is how strong Melania accent is for someone who build his campaign against immigrants in general, not only latinos and muslims)

    Bruno from Paris

    July 19, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    • “what is extraordinary is how strong Melania accent is for someone who build his campaign against immigrants in general, not only latinos and muslims”

      Any sensible immigration policy would allow for white supermodels to immigrate. Let’s see, that might be… what? Five a year? Seven? I think we can handle that. Certainly seems more sensible that any policy France has had for thirty years.


      July 19, 2016 at 4:08 pm

  18. You’re a genius in using the media, Mr. Trump! Remarkably, the crazy protestors are not on the front page anymore, after the first day of the Convention. Not only that, everyone will now be tuned in to every word of the prime time speeches, thus ensuring that YOUR messages will be heard. And all this for free. Brilliant.


    July 19, 2016 at 3:43 pm

  19. I thought the side by side pictures of M & M that were displayed when comparing the speeches were a reality check of “what we got” versus “what we should have.” I will quickly forget the words but the contrasting pictures I’ll remember till I vote in November.


    July 19, 2016 at 3:44 pm

  20. The reason the liberals are making such a fuss over this is because they don’t want to talk about Patricia Smith, and Jamiel Harris.


    July 19, 2016 at 3:44 pm

  21. Obama, Biden & Hillary have all copied parts of speeches (or in Biden’s case a whole speech) at various times. Even Michelle Obama’s speech apparently copied words from Saul Alinsky.


    July 19, 2016 at 4:12 pm

  22. I’ve just been looking at a picture of Michelle as a result of this story. I lift weights three times a week at the gym and my God, I wish I could plagiariseMichelle’s awesome traps. If that’s what having a chip on both shoulders does for your physique I wish I’d had the chance to feel stupid at Princeton too.

    Didn’t Martin Luther King plagiarise his doctoral thesis? Yet he’s got his own holiday, a scary ‘planet of the apes’ style statue in Washington and still gets to be a doctor. Maybe MLK is Melania’s role model.

    prolier than thou

    July 19, 2016 at 5:12 pm

  23. I think the response of the Trump campaign to this media furry is more enlightening. The basic response seems to be deny that there was an plagiarism and then blame Hillary Clinton for claiming that there was.

    This does however shed light on how amateurish the Trump campaign really is. According to the NYT the first draft of Melania’s speech was written several weeks ago by a very experienced top GOP speech writer. It is almost inconceivable that he would have done this. The draft was then given to Melania and she reworked it with some help from some other unnamed people in the trump organization. Either Melania or someone from the Trump organization did this.

    Actually, this is probably good for Trump. If it was not for this, the media would be talking a lot more about the dark, angry picture of America that was painted by various levels of unhinged speakers on the first day.

    Patricia Smith, the woman who’s son was killed in Benghazi and emotionally attacked Hillary Clinton saying that she lied to her about the video causing the attack when they met a few days later. Other witnesses present at the same family meetings do not recall any mention of the video.

    And so what if Hillary did mention the video? The CIA in Washington had issued talking points blaming the attack at least in part on the video. Even today, journalist who have gone to Benghazi and asked local residents who know some of the militia members involved in the attack why they attacked the consolute, they say it was the video.

    Now people on the ground in Benghazi during the attack do not think it was the video, they think it was a planned terrorist operation. This is just the fog of war. It takes time for detailed information from the front lines to get back to Washington.

    If you want conspiracy theories, then it is clear that Benghazi was a US consolute which the CIA was using as an operations base. There were more CIA employees/contractors evacuated from Benghazi than State Department by a wide margin. Was this attack on the consolute actually an attack on the CIA? There is a rumor that the CIA was holding some prisoners at the consolute and the attack may have been to free those prisoners. Was the video talking points put out by the CIA as a cover?


    July 19, 2016 at 5:20 pm

  24. Well, to plagiarize yet another Democrat, what difference does it make at this point?


    July 19, 2016 at 6:32 pm

  25. I totally agree. Even though I’m a Trump support, I certainly don’t consider myself to be a blind Trump supporter. Still, this whole plagiarism accusation is stupid. It just isn’t very important. Her speechwriter made a dumb error. Whatever. Liberals are just insane.


    July 19, 2016 at 6:48 pm

  26. Can you plagiarize a cliche?


    July 19, 2016 at 9:32 pm

  27. Maybe Trump is a fan of the Great Jim Jarmusch: “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

    King Proley Prole the Second

    July 19, 2016 at 10:15 pm

  28. Melania wrote it. She said so and nothing else makes sense. She’s just not sophisticated as regards American culture. Now the problem is finding someone willing to take the rap for a bag of money.


    July 20, 2016 at 4:02 am

  29. Peterike, i agree with you, even if your agument is more of an ad hominem one.

    I just found Melania’s foreign accent sort of an amusing paradox like, mutatis mutandis this one : the german nation shoud be “blond like Hitler, slim like Goering and tall and beautyfull like Goebbles” ….

    Bruno from Paris

    July 20, 2016 at 8:37 am

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