I’m really thinking the speech writers are trying to sabotage the Trump campaign. To be clear, I do not fault either Melania Trump or Donald Trump, Jr. But Donald Jr.’s is even more egregious than Melania’s just because the example is so uncommon.
Here is Donald J. Trump, Jr. tonight:
Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class. Now they’re stalled on the ground floor. They’re like soviet-era department stores that are run for the benefit of the clerks and not the customers.
Here is an article in the American Conservative from May of 2016:
What should be an elevator to the upper class is stalled on the ground floor. Part of the fault for this may be laid at the feet of the system’s entrenched interests: the teachers’ unions and the higher-education professoriate. Our schools and universities are like the old Soviet department stores whose mission was to serve the interests of the sales clerks and not the customers. Why the sales clerks should want to keep things that way is perfectly understandable.
UPDATE 1: F.H. Buckley, the author of the above passage, has come forward and is okay with this and says he does not think it is stealing.
Except it wasn't stealing…
— Frank Buckley (@fbuckley) July 20, 2016
But really amazing that they weren’t more careful here given the Melania Trump situation.
UPDATE 2: Looks like Buckley might have helped with the speech.
UPDATE 3: This is still wrong and again not to blame Donald Trump, Jr. but given the situation from last night it absolutely was a disservice to him to have this happen.