Running for president is most definitely a stressful thing for anyone who attempts it. Being put in the spotlight means you have to be careful with your every move, because one mistake and everyone knows about it. The process is so rigorous, even being a family member of someone running for office takes a toll on a person. Believe it or not, the spouses of political candidates go through a lot too.
For Melania Trump, she is no stranger to this as she recently did something that raised the suspicions of many Americans.
The Republican National Convention took place on Monday in Cleveland, Ohio where many important figures attended. Among them was presidential candidate Donald Trump, along with his wife Melania Trump.
While there, not only did Donald Trump speak, his wife also gave a speech of her own, or as some people are claiming, not of her own. People have speculated that the speech Melania Trump gave was actually plagiarized from a speech that first lady Michelle Obama had previously given.
Melania Trump gave this speech at the Rupublican National Convention:
“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 lives. 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.”
Many people found the speech to be eerily similar to the one Michelle Obama gave at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and it has caused a lot of speculation as to whether or not Melania Trump plagiarized her speech.
Michelle Obama’s speech was as follows:
“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 to 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 two speeches are not the same, but similar phrases and words were so similar that people are not pleased with Melania Trump.
Anita McBride was chief of staff for former first lady, Laura Bush and commented on the whole situation.
“It’s unfortunate that last night she went to bed thinking this was a victory and woke up to a controversy,” McBride said. “I think the biggest fallout from this — whether the words were lifted one for one or not — is that now she’s a distraction when candidate’s spouses want to be anything but a distraction.”
McBride offered her own thoughts on the controversy and even cut Melania Trump some slack by defending her right to say what she wants.
“I think there are some good things that can come from this, like the recognition that a candidate’s spouse is still important and integral to a campaign,” she said. “I will say one other thing: Those are universal values that she talked about. Those words are not owned by any one person.”
Whether Melania Trump actually plagiarized the first lady’s speech is still up for debate, but McBride leaves us with a hopeful ending as she says, “No matter what happens in this election in November, history will be made in this position — without a doubt. Because Melania Trump would be the second foreign-born first lady and, of course, if Hillary Clinton wins, Bill Clinton will be the first male spouse and first former president spouse.”
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