Remember when, a few months ago, the Republicans were making a big deal about how Melania will bring “class” back to the White House? Well, we have a rough idea how she’s going to do it now: by plagiarizing the outgoing First Lady, Michelle Obama.
If you’re going to copy, you copy from the best.
“Work hard for what you want in life”
It’s Day One of The Trump Convention in Cleveland and things have already gone to hell. We’ve got Paul Ryan kicking this dog and pony show off by announcing that Trump isn’t his type of conservative, the invocation at the beginning was an especially rancorous smear against Obama, the roof of Reagan’s Big Tent collapsed faster than Larry Craig after one too many wide stances during the roll call vote, and Rep. Steve King got on MSNBC and said, “Rah, rah white people! Go white people, you’re the best!”
So, what could make this any better? How about Melania Trump plagiarizing the First Lady almost verbatim in a speech praising hard work? Here’s just a portion of the copy-and-paste job picked up by Jezebel:
Obama: Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values. Like: you work hard for what you want in life.
Trump: …the values that you work hard for what you want in life.
Obama: …that your word is your bond, that you do what you say you’re gonna do.
Trump: …that your word is your bond, and you do what you say and keep your promise.
Obama: …that you treat people with dignity and respect
Trump: …that you treat people with respect
It was a very moving speech, and I’m sure it would’ve been more emotional if I hadn’t heard it the first time when Michelle Obama gave it during her 2008 address to the National Democratic Convention in Denver:
Here’s Melania’s version:[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53Ei2dSDsFY&w=800&h=448]
And the relevant bit:
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 life.
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.
More on the similarities between Melania Trump’s speech & Michelle Obama’s speech:
— Javier Panzar (@jpanzar) July 19, 2016
The similarities are . . . well, let’s call them “striking.” It’d be enough to get a student failed in a college writing class. Thank goodness Melania doesn’t know anything about class, huh?
Perhaps I’m being a bit unfair. She knows enough about class to plagiarize from one of the best first ladies in history, so I’ll give her that.
Now, Melania claims she wrote it herself, but I have cause to believe that she didn’t, and she somehow pissed off the teleprompter in addition to plagiarizing:
— mr. sonia (@soniasaraiya) July 19, 2016
That’s right folks, that’s a good ol’ fashioned rickroll.
I wish I could say I can’t take these people seriously anymore, but really, there are still Republicans who are voting for them anyway. At this point, it says more about them than it does Trump, but hey, he’s never gonna give you up and never, ever let you down. And that’s all that matters.
Feature image via Screen Capture