A journalist says Melania Trump may have plagiarized pieces of her Republican National Convention speech from a 2008 speech given by Michelle Obama. However, another person, Meredith McIver, an “in-house staff writer” at the Trump Organization, now says she was responsible.
On social media, many were giving Melania a pass for the possible plagiarism by saying a speechwriter must have let her down.
However, a video surfaced of Melania Trump telling NBC’s Matt Lauer of her RNC speech: “I read once over it and that’s all because I wrote it with as little help as possible.”
Watch that video here:
The full interview between the Trumps and Lauer is scheduled for July 19.
Contrast this with the statement issued by Trump’s campaign after the furor ignited over the similarities. According to CBS, the statement from a Trump PR official, Jason Miller, reads, “In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.”
Here’s the Tweet the journalist wrote starting the firestorm. Journalist Jarrett Hill pointed to a passage in the speeches of both Melania and Michelle Obama that outlined values shared with their husbands:
Watch Melania’s full speech here:
Trump had tweeted his pleasure over Melania’s talk before the plagiarism allegations surfaced; Melania’s talk was the centerpiece on the opening night of the Republican National Convention.
Before the plagiarism allegations surfaced, Melania’s talk was generally getting good reviews.