Did Melania Trump rip off Michelle Obama's speech?

Some suspect 'Rickroll' was sabotage from within
Posted at 8:21 AM, Jul 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-19 13:26:40-04

It's undeniable when compared side-by-side: at least one section of Melania Trump's Monday night speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland plagiarized Michelle Obama's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Here are the sections of the speech in question, transcribed by CNN:

Melania Trump’s speech on Monday:

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 life.

That is a lesson I continue to pass along 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 is the only limits to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.

Michelle Obama’s speech in 2008:

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.

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.

Jason Miller, Senior Communications Advisor for the Trump campaign, released a statement addressing the speech's contents:

"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.”

Before she gave the speech, Melania Trump told NBC's Matt Lauer "I read once over it, that's all, because I wrote it, with as little help as possible."

The social media reaction was largely shock -- and humor, of course.

And the hashtag #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes is lit.

A tweet that shows screenshots of President Obama and Donald Trump's reactions to their respective wives' convention speeches showed more apparent plagairism; however, this tweet was found to be a fraud. Read the Snopes article here.

Bonus: Did Melania also rip off Rick Astley, too?

"He will never give up. And, most importantly, he will never, ever let you down."

Sound familiar?

The troll-y nature of Rickrolling -- sneaking the infamous "Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down" into another person's life, either verbally or with a link -- led some people to believe that Melania herself was set up.


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