- Melania Trump has been accused of plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech
- Critics on social media pointed out the striking similarities between the two women’s speeches on at least two passages
- Obama and Mrs. Trump have yet to comment on the latest controversy
Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, is at the center of a recent controversy after being accused of plagiarizing part of Michelle Obama’s speech eight years ago.
Melania Trump delivered her speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday night, but her message was overshadowed by accusations that she stole some lines from the First Ladys’ own speech at 2008 Democratic National Convention.
The social media were abuzz with the striking similarities between the two speeches, specifically in two passages where the match is nearly word-for-word.
The first narrates the two women’s experiences on how they were supposedly raised by their parents.
Here are the passages:
“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 their daily lives. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son,” said Mrs. Trump on Monday.
Meanwhile, here’s the excerpt from Mrs. Obama’s 2008 speech:
“And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: 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.”
The second deals with how they planned to pass these values to the next generations.
This is what Mrs. Trump said:
“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 achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”
And this is Mrs. Obama’s original version:
“And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and to 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.”
Both the Obamas and the Trumps have yet to react to the controversy since the topic went viral on social media.
Meanwhile, watch the video below: