The speech was well-received by the audience in attendance, and grudgingly praised by cable news reporters.
Asked about her speech earlier in the evening by Matt Lauer, Melania said she didn't need to practice much, because:
I wrote it...with as little help as possible.
Journalist Jarrett Hill was the first to notice the similarity of the speeches. Here is Melania speaking:
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 that 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 that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.
Here's what Michelle said:
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.
The Trump campaign has not yet commented on the obvious plagiarism, but as of this writing, the plan appears to be a Blame-The-Media defense.
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Meanwhile, Twitter is ablaze with indignation, shock and glee.
Did a speechwriter sabotage Melania on purpose, or did someone really think they could pull this off without notice?
Brace yourselves for more drama ahead!