It really seems like Trump’s entire family is unsure what “plagiarism” is. While Melania Trump was caught red handed stealing Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech, now one of their own is accusing President Barack Obama of plagiarizing a Trump.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 28, 2016
Instead of hurting Obama, Donald Trump Jr. just came off looking like a complete ass. Not only was that asinine in light of Trump’s assertion that Melania DIDN’T plagiarize what amounts to an entire paragraph of her speech from Michelle Obama (before Melania’s speechwriter admitted it), but it’s not even close.
This is the case of two men using a common phrase in differing contexts. Needless to say, people called BS immediately.
— Philip N Cohen (@familyunequal) July 28, 2016
It was so patently obvious that there was no plagiarism that this really makes him look either like a complete moron or a complete pandering jackass. Or both.
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) July 28, 2016
“Where’s the outrage?” Hmmm, perhaps it is in the fact that a 13-year-old with an internet connection can see that President Obama has used the same line many times before. It is an original thought, just a common one. Here is another shocker, the context just doesn’t match up either.
According to NBC:
Trump Jr. is correct that both he and Obama both used the single phrase in their speeches to their respective party conventions. But it’s also a line Obama, along with other past presidents, has used frequently in the past. And other than the brief sentiment about the version of America known to both men, the context of the statements are very different.
Ahh, perhaps what they really don’t understand is “context.” So let’s see the context of both lines.
From the RNC, and Junior himself:
Donald Trump Jr: There’s so much work to do. We will not accept the current state of our country because it’s too hard to change. That’s not the America I know. We’re going to unleash the creative spirit and energy of all Americans. We’re going to make our schools the best in the world for every single American of every single ethnicity and background.
From President Obama’s DNC speech:
President Barack Obama: What we heard in Cleveland last week wasn’t particularly Republican and it sure wasn’t conservative. What we heard was a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other and turn away from the rest of the world. There were no serious solutions to pressing problems, just the fanning of resentment and blame and anger and hate. And that is not the America I know. The America I know is full of courage, and optimism, and ingenuity. The America I know is decent and generous.
Then again, if this really was plagiarism of a very commonly used phrase, was President Obama plagiarising George W. Bush, or even HIMSELF?
The Trumps are clearly delusional in every way, and this is just one more example. If he is looking for outrage, he really needs to look at the way his father is handling his campaign.
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