Well, this is just pure entertainment. Melania Trump, in her speech to the Republican convention, plagiarized the living shit out of Michelle Obama’s speech to the Democratic convention in 2008.
At first, I was kind of buying the Republican defense (One of them, anyway. There were several lines of defense, and some of them contradictory) that these were just general phrases about values, so it doesn’t really matter. It’s all kind of Miss Universe fluff, isn’t it? Then I watched this video: (video is from The Guardian)
So, the plagiarism is pretty clear. That leaves me with two questions: how did it happen? and what happens now?
Bearing in mind that I am not a political insider and am totally imagining this scenario, this is what I suspect happened: One of Trump’s semi-disgruntled speechwriters, feeling underpaid and knowing damned well that this gig is not going to look as good on his resumé as he thought it would, gets a little bit lazy with his speechwriting. Who’s gonna know and who’s gonna care, right?
And, in the end, he might be right. Trump probably doesn’t care. Everybody will forget about this in a week.
And that’s my guess as to what effect Melania’s plagiarism is going to have on this election. None at all. Everybody will forget this in a week..