I still think Melania Trump won the night, but there is ZERO dispute that her speechwriter stole from Michelle Obama’s speech from eight years years ago. This is genuinely unfortunate because it is going to overshadow Mrs. Trump and be a controversy where none should be.
Listen to the comparison clip above and here is the transcript of Michelle Obama from 2008.
And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: like, you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond; that 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.
And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values and to pass them onto the next generation, because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them.
Trump needs to fire that speech writer. They just created a news story that is going to overshadow an excellent and well delivered speech by a lady who deserves to not be overshadowed tonight.
The best, most plutonium-fueled part of Melania’s SpeechGate?
They stole the part about the importance of honor and integrity.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) July 19, 2016