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Why Melania Trump’s Speech is Still a Problem

July 21, 2016
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Michelle Obama and Melania Trump as they made speeches to their conventions.

Michelle Obama and Melania Trump as they made speeches to their conventions.

Melania Trump is Donald Trump’s third wife. She made a speech at the Republican Convention. Many people thought they had heard parts of the speech before.

They said it was plagiarism. That is a harsh word. It means to take words written or spoken by another person and pretend that you wrote or spoke them.

A person who plagiarizes is a “dishonest” person. It is someone who cannot be trusted. That is why everyone has made such a big deal about the speech given by Melania Trump.

Here is what happened. Parts of Mrs. Trump’s speech were the same as those in a speech given by Michelle Obama. It was the speech Mrs. Obama gave at the 2008 Democratic Convention. Here is an example:

Michelle Obama in 2008

“…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…”

Melania Trump in 2016

“…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.”

The Trump campaign said there was no plagiarism. They insisted just a few words were the same. It was no big deal. Then a Trump worker admitted she had used some text from Mrs. Obama’s speech. It says a lot about the Trump campaign. They continued to deny the truth until someone could no longer live with the lie.

The Trump campaign said it was all Hillary Clinton’s dirty work. Others think it is an example of Trump’s ego. They think Trump thinks he does not have to play by the rules.

Politics is big business in the United States. A mistake this big makes both supporters and opponents of Trump question if he is competent to govern.

The biggest lesson is that if you make a mistake your opponent will benefit. Democrats are having a great time with the incident. The campaign season will start after the Democratic Convention next week. Be ready for political fireworks.

Source: The New York Times July 19, 2016

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