Melania Trump, the Accidental Plagiarist

By Karen

No one could fault Melania Trump for watching Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic Convention speech and taking notes, since Melania also had to do an infomercial on her husband. But when she presented chunks of the exact same pitch, “people” (as Trump likes to say) want to know why, so her education is under scrutiny.

At 46 years old, Melania Trump has never had the national spotlight. Despite being a model who landed some TV gigs, she was just another pretty face until age 35, when Trump made her wife No. 3. He was about 59, so she popped out a son 14 months later to secure her future alimony. Since then, she’s been a typical trophy wife, dabbling in philanthropic causes and launching jewelry and skin care product lines because being arm candy is her schtick.

Her personal website and RNC bio claim she earned a degree in design and architecture from the University of Slovenia. Her Fox News bio says she attended the University of Ljubljana but doesn’t give a degree. Other unofficial bios say she dropped out after her freshman year to take up modeling in Milan.

Trump could put this whole matter to bed by producing Melania’s college diploma. Otherwise, payback may be hell. The press will dig for the truth like Trump tried to prove Obama’s not a U.S. citizen.

So, Melania may have shade in her background, but what’s a solid fact is that parts of her convention speech were plagiarized. You can watch the pertinent passages side by side.

Trump and his minions call the accusation “crazy,” saying Melania simply used common words and ideas.

Yeah. Using the same common (or uncommon) words in the exact order someone else used them is the definition of plagiarism. Changing a few words doesn’t make a thought yours; you need to give it a total rewrite.

Melania says she wrote the speech with “a little help.” “Little” is the operative word.

Trump’s lazy speechwriters probably Googled “first lady convention speeches” and transcribed the first thing that popped up.

Here’s a news flash, boys: If you can Google something, so can the rest of us. And finding something on the Internet doesn’t mean it’s free to take.

Bottom line: Melania Trump may be a relatively uneducated person, and she speaks English as a second language. She had no reason not to trust her husband’s flunkies and probably didn’t realize they gave her plagiarized material. I don’t believe she copied those words herself.

Trump’s contemptible denying and lying instead of admitting his team screwed up is yet another taste of what we could expect from him as president. He’s a typical politician.

Trump blames Hillary and Obama for everything bad that happens in the world, so let’s lay the blame squarely on him for standing on that stage and gloating while his wife parroted Michelle’s Obama’s beliefs. What was rich was that the Republican audience ate up every Democratic word of it.

8 Responses to Melania Trump, the Accidental Plagiarist

  1. Koda says:

    It’s just one big train wreck. I don’t know what’s wrong with people – why they can’t see Trump for the buffoon he is. It just makes me sad – and scared…

  2. Tracy Moses says:

    Yes, it’s beyond ironic that they co-opted words and ideas from people they openly profess to hate and their followers are too stupid/blinded to recognize that irony. God help us all if this buffoon is elected.

  3. catsworking says:

    Koda and Tracy, I’ve tried to step up my blogging during the campaign because Trump is a tyrant in the making who must be stopped. Every time a comedian (I’m thinking Stephen Colbert, Larry Wilmore, Trevor Noah, Samantha Bee, and all the rest) land a good joke right on his nose, I cheer.

    We all have to keep speaking out against him until we can vote against him. In the past few days the ghostwrite who actually wrote “The Art of the Deal” for Trump has come out saying he hasn’t been able to sleep since Trump announced he was running for president. He followed Trump around for months and found him to be a sociopath, but glossed over it because his job was to write the book. Of course, Trump claims he wrote the book himself and this guy is nuts.

  4. Francis Alan Wormald says:


  5. Tracy Moses says:

    Karen, I was recently in Italy and I did a lot of apologizing! People over there are alternately horrified and fascinated with the circus going on over here. I also saw that story by Trump’s ghostwriter and found that quite chilling. On many days I feel quite confident that Hillary Clinton will win (although I don’t care for her and was a Sanders supporter) but there are some days when doubt creeps in and I live in abject terror.

  6. catsworking says:

    Tracy, I voted for Bernie myself, but now that he’s not an option, we’re lucky to have Hillary. I say that because she’s the most tenacious, ruthless, conniving politician ever. If anyone has the best chance of beating Trump, it’s Hillary. And Trump MUST go down in defeat.

    I also trust Hillary in dealing with people like Putin. She’s not going to sell us out. But if making a deal with any despot would benefit Trump, he’d fuck this country in a minute and expect us to thank him. Or he’d start a nuclear war.

    I have no doubt the rest of the world is watching this shit show of an election with total disbelief that we have sunk this low.

  7. Mary Austin Hunter says:

    I could not agree more with what everyone is saying here. I also was a Bernie supporter, but will vote for Hillary. (Isn’t it interesting that we say Hillary, and not Clinton, yet we say Trump, or Obama?) Anyway, where the Donald Trump is concerned, there are no words. I have been thinking all along how other countries must view us, allowing this moron to get so far. It’s embarrassing!

  8. catsworking says:

    I watched a bit of the convention last night and found myself so utterly nauseated by the sheer volume of hypocrisy (particularly from Chris “Bridgegate” Christie during his tirade against Hillary) that I finally had to change the channel about midway through Trump Jr.’s speech. I kept picturing the kid how he’ll look in 30 years with a gut and an orange face, a brainless supermodel on his arm, and a ferret on his head.

    For all the cheering and bluster, Trump still has no campaign to speak of. It’s all his mouth and his tweets. The convention changes nothing. It’s not like experts are going to swoop in and whip him into shape as a candidate. He’s a narcissistic micromanager and he’s going to quickly kick Pence into some corner and go right on shooting his stupid mouth off to all who will listen, because now he thinks the delegates have given him a mandate to keep it up.

    So let him go on alienating women, blacks, Muslims, Hispanics, the Chinese, and anyone else he can. Collectively, we will crush him at the polls in November.

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