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We've finally got a reason why Melania Trump's speech was a copy of Michelle Obama's

Melania had read passages from Michelle’s speech to a staffer as “examples” of what she wanted to say.

Posted by on Saturday, 21 April 2018

A TRUMP STAFFER has apologised for using remarks by Michelle Obama in a speech delivered by Melania Trump at the Republican National Convention that ignited a deeply embarrassing plagiarism row.

The speech from the ex-model, watched by millions on television on Monday night, amounted to a nightmarish start for the convention and subjected her husband’s presidential campaign to withering scrutiny.

Melania Trump had “always liked” the Democratic first lady and had “read me some passages from her speech” as examples of what she wanted to tell the convention, said staffer Meredith McIver.

I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech.

“I did not check Mrs Obama’s speeches. This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused,” she said in a statement released by the Trump campaign.

No harm was meant.

McIver said Trump had refused to accept her resignation, saying that “people make innocent mistakes,” according to her statement.

“I apologise for the confusion and hysteria my mistake has caused,” said McIver, who was identified as an in-house staff writer from the Trump Organisation.

“I personally admire the way Mr Trump has handled this situation and I am grateful for his understanding.”

Trump took to Twitter to comment on the swirling controversy, saying:

He also took a swipe at the media, which he has repeatedly alleged is biased against him and favours Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who herself has recently been mired in an email scandal:

Michelle Obama, a Harvard-educated lawyer, has high approval ratings across the country.

With millions watching on television, the Slovenia-born former model delivered an eloquent and seemingly heartfelt defence of her husband.

“Donald is, and always has been, an amazing leader,” said the 46-year-old. “Now, he will go to work for you.”

Despite the unmistakable similarities to remarks given by Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic convention, the Trump campaign initially denied any wrongdoing, then made a tacit admission before attempting to insulate Melania, adding to a picture of a campaign in chaos.

But at the convention itself, many Republicans were unperturbed, with delegates and party members praising Melania for her grace and poise in delivering a speech in what is thought to be her fifth language.

© – AFP 2016

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