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By Marielena Montesino de Stuart
Speech by our next First Lady, Melania Trump:
UPDATE: Wednesday – July 20, 2016: Clarification from Meredith McIver, in-house staff writer at the Trump Organization, which includes the following statement: “This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant.”
UPDATE: Tuesday – July 19, 2016
I am addressing the many commenters who have written to me regarding Melania Trump’s speech and the issue of alleged plagiarized content in her speech, based on similarities with the speech given by First Lady, Michelle Obama, in 2008. It is important to note that the details surrounding the number of speech writers or identity of the individuals involved in writing this speech has not been made public. However, plagiarism is not tolerated in academia. As such, politicians and public figures involved in political campaigns should be held to the same standards– and this includes Michelle (see below) and Barack Obama himself!
I do not imply that Mrs. Trump has committed plagiarism, on the contrary– since, as stated above, we do not have detailed information regarding the crafting of her speech. Furthermore, both Michelle Obama and Melania Trump’s speeches contained extremely common words and expressions.
Based on the aforementioned situation, one could extrapolate that Michelle Obama used the same words that Saul Alinsky used in Rules for Radicals in her 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention:
SAUL ALINSKY: “The standards of judgment must be rooted in the whys and wherefores of life as it is lived, the world as it is, not our wished-for fantasy of the world as it should be.”– (Rules for Radicals) Chapter titled “Of Means and Ends.”
MICHELLE OBAMA: “Barack stood up that day, and spoke words that have stayed with me ever since. He talked about ‘The world as it is‘ and ‘The world as it should be.’ And he said that all too often, we accept the distance between the two, and settle for the world as it is — even when it doesn’t reflect our values and aspirations.”– August 25, 2008, Democratic National Convention.
AUDIO of Michelle Obama’s Speech:
Transcript of Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 DNC:
For the record, the following is the official statement regarding Melania Trump’s speech, as appeared this morning on Donald J. Trump’s campaign website:
Someone has to say the truth…
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