The Trump Organization staffer who penned Melania’s speech offered her resignation, which was not accepted by Donald Trump. Meredith McIver works with Trump’s company, not his campaign. She publicly apologized for quoting Michelle Obama, who she wrote as “a person [Melania] has always liked.”
Trump Organization (not campaign) staffer takes responsibility for lifting passage from Michelle Obama's 08 speech: pic.twitter.com/FaPuUMSN77
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) July 20, 2016
While it’s commendable that Trump forgives “innocent mistakes,” that’s not really the troubling issue.
Trump says he hires the “best people.” At minimum, a political speechwriter for a national audience should be aware of the sources cited in the speech. If those public sources include a speech given by the now-sitting First Lady in support of her husband, it should either be cited, or evaluated in light of the message. Proclaiming Barack Obama’s message from the platform of the Republican National Convention is hardly good optics.
What is an innocent mistake for someone with no experience writing prime time political speeches, is an unforgivable catastrophe for professionals. Trump does not hire, use, or trust most professionals. Some he has attempted to engage refused the invitation or quit after a short tenure. Only people like Paul Manafort, who most major figures have little use for (outside his Russian connections), end up with Trump.
Everything we’re seeing is foreshadowing the kind of presidency Trump will give us. But then again, it foreshadows the rest of the campaign through November, because the Democrat machine hasn’t really even pulled out their big guns. To be sure, they’ve got their Schwerer Gustav ready and loaded.
All Trump has is a kindergarten class of innocent mistakes.