The Donald Trump campaign is blaming Hillary Clinton supporters for a controversy that erupted over a speech delivered Monday night at the GOP National Convention by Trump’s wife, Melania.
USA Today reports that the speech attracted attention after someone noticed that a portion of it matched Michelle Obama’s speech to the 2008 Democratic National Convention almost word-for-word.
Here’s the section of the Obama speech from 2008:
“And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values, like that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and 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 pass them on to 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 for them.”
That passage is being compared to the following section from the Melania Trump speech:
“From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise. That you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in in their daily lives. That is a lesson that we continue to pass on to our son. And we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievement is the strength of your dream and your willingness to work for them.”
The Trump campaign has denied that the speech intentionally plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech, and has accused the media and Clinton supporters of stirring up the controversy.
USA Today quotes Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort saying: “There is a political tint to this whole issue.” Manafort would not comment in detail about how the speech came together or whether any action would be taken against whoever was responsible, the report notes.