Donald Trump’s wife Melania has been accused of stealing portions of a speech that first lady Michelle Obama made a few years ago, in her prime-time speech to the Democratic National Convention on Monday night.
Here’s an extract from Trump’s speech: 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. They 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 here is an extract from Obama’s 2008 speech: 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... And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them onto the next generation.”
Screenshot of CNN comparing Melania's speech to Michelle Obama's speech made in 2008.
Twitter had a blast, spoofing the aspiring first lady.
@margaretcho posted a meme of Melania standing in front of an American flag, with the words: “I am a proud, independent black woman”. She tweeted: “#MelaniaTrump knows strife, struggle and discomfort - after all she’s married to a Lego.”
@joshgad tweeted: “Poor #MelaniaTrump. Is it plagiarism if it’s said in a Slovenian accent?”