Donald Trump flew to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on August 17, the same day as the kick-off of the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. During Trump’s speech at the airport, he ridiculed former first lady Michelle Obama, who’s scheduled to give a keynote speech supporting Joe Biden’s run for the presidency on Monday night.
Trump rhetorically asked, “Who wants to listen to Michelle Obama do a taped speech? No. You have to have her get up there. But we’re doing a real speech on Thursday, next Thursday, and she’ll be listening. We’ll be doing it live from the White House. And we have plenty to say.”
Trump: Who wants to listen to Michelle Obama do a taped speech… But we’re doing a real speech Thursday, next Thursday… Doing it live, live from the White House pic.twitter.com/dLKZGJri1A
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) August 17, 2020
Obama, 50, did pre-tape her speech that will close out the DNC on Monday night. The Daily Mail reported that she taped her speech last week to make sure there were no technical difficulties to contend with during the first night of the virtual event.
A clip of Obama’s speech was released as a teaser a few hours before the DNC officially got underway. While speaking from her and former President Barack Obama’s $11.75 million home on Martha’s Vineyard, which the couple purchased in December 2019, she praises the man who served as vice president for eight years under her husband.
“I know Joe,” Obama says. “He knows what it takes to rescue an economy, beat back a pandemic, and lead our country. And he listens. He will tell the truth. And trust science.”
“He will make smart plans and manage a good team. And he will govern as someone who’s lived a life that the rest of us can recognize,” Obama continues, mentioning how Biden lost his beloved wife and son. “His life is a testament to getting back and he’s going to channel that same grit and passion to pick us all up. To help us heal and guide us forward.”
Melania Trump Was Accused of Plagiarizing Obama’s 2008 Speech During the Last Republican National Convention
Here is a side by side comparison of Melania Trump giving a speech written by Michelle Obama. pic.twitter.com/h0Wdk4nllB
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) August 17, 2020
President Trump was trolled on Twitter following his disparaging comments about Obama’s speech. Users online were quick to remember that when first lady Melania Trump gave a speech at the Republican National Convention in 2016, it was extremely similar to the speech Obama gave at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
Racist birther trash Melania’s gross husband is making fun of First Lady Michelle Obama’s convention speech and how odd to be making fun of her after it was clearly okay to plagiarize her speeches, am I right?
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 17, 2020
The two speeches were nearly verbatim at certain points, and a video showing both speeches at the same time quickly went viral on Twitter. At the time, Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort denied the allegations of plagiarism.
Melania will be taking notes tonite when 1st Lady Michelle Obama gives her speech. #DNC2020
— 😷Karen66NastyWoman (@CapiLady) August 17, 2020
Manafort told CNN‘s Chris Cuomo, “To think that she would do something like that knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd… These were common words and values. She cares about her family. To think that she’d be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy.”
Barack Obama Is Slated to Give His DNC Speech on Wednesday
Nearly 60 speakers will take the stage virtually during the DNC, which runs from August 17 to August 20. Speakers start at 9 p.m. Eastern time on Monday and in addition to Obama include Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Doug Jones, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and former Ohio Governor John Kasich, who ran against Trump as a GOP presidential candidate in 2016.
Barack Obama is slated to speak at the DNC on Wednesday night, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Elizabeth Warren.