Melania Trump, the Accidental Plagiarist

July 19, 2016

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.


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