Plagiarism Jokes Target Melania Trump After Convention Speech

Critics jokingly attributed famous quotes to Donald Trump's wife after parts of her RNC speech sounded strikingly familiar

Melania Trump stands with her husband Donald at the RNC. — REUTERS
Jul 19, 2016 at 5:22 AM ET

Melania Trump’s headlining speech at the first day of the Republican National Convention certainly made headlines—because parts of her speech were strikingly similar to one Michelle Obama gave in 2008.

Observers were quick to notice the similarities and pounce on Melania Trump with a wave of comedy. #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes was the top-trending Twitter hashtag in the U.S. overnight Tuesday, as thousands of users jokingly attributed some of the world’s most famous quotes to Melania.

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At least three passages in Melania Trump’s speech were nearly identical—with slight alterations—to parts of Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention eight years ago.

Critics debated who was to blame due to some confusion over who wrote it. Before she spoke on Monday night in Cleveland, Melania told NBC, “I wrote it … with [as] little help as possible.” But hours later, when Twitter users had already begun roasting Melania with the hashtag #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes, the Trump campaign said: “In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking.”

That didn’t stop Twitter users from having a field day.