When the opening night of the Republican National Convention ended here Monday, Donald Trump’s advisers were exuberant — thrilled with Melania Trump’s sparkling debut and confident that Rudy Giuliani and a parade of other speakers delivered the ideal combination of fire, emotion and reassurance. One hour later, they were in crisis mode. The potential first lady’s address — the night’s highlight — was suddenly under attack because of apparent plagiarism. By morning, the campaign’s efforts at damage control added up to a series of conflicting explanations and calls for firings. The episode reopened long-standing divisions among Trump’s advisers and allies who have been feuding all year.
Parts of Melania Trump's speech at Republican convention had striking similarities to Michelle Obama's speech in 2008.
The speech was briefly seen as a triumph before it was derided as a cheap knockoff—the QVC jewelry of would-be-First-Lady speeches.
Melania Trump’s stunning plagiarism at the Republican National Convention should by all rights be fatal to her husband’s campaign for president, not merely because she plagiarized but because of who she plagiarized from. Melania, who claimed beforehand that she wrote her speech "with as little help as possible," stole from none other than Michelle Obama, whose family has been the target of the right’s most bitter hatred and ridicule for a decade now.
The RNC’s convention program says Melania Trump “obtain[ed] a degree in design and architecture at University in Slovenia.” But, as POLITICO’s Julia Ioffe notes, that’s not quite true. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/rnc-2016-melania-trump-biography-225781#ixzz4EsA7OC4p Follow us: @politico on Twitter | Politico on Facebook