: CNN: Campaign denies Melania Trump's speech plagiarizes parts of Michelle Obama's (video)

13:49 Jul. 19, 2016

CNN: Campaign denies Melania Trump's speech plagiarizes parts of Michelle Obama's (video)

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd after his wife Melania delivered a speech. (Getty Images)

Parts of Melania Trump's speech bear similarities to a similar speech given by Michelle Obama in 2008

The Donald Trump campaign on Tuesday, July 19, denied allegations that Melania Trump plagiarized a Michelle Obama speech on the first night of the Republican National Convention, calling the accusation "just really absurd."

"To think that she would do something like that knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd," Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day."

At least one passage in Trump's speech Monday night plagiarized from Obama's address to the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

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Side-by-side comparisons of the transcripts show the text in Trump's address following, nearly to the word, the would-be future first lady's own from the first night of the Democratic convention in Denver nearly eight years ago.

But Manafort said the words Melania used were not "cribbed" but are common words.

"There's no cribbing of Michelle Obama's speech. These were common words and values. She cares about her family," Manafort said. "To think that she'd be cribbing Michelle Obama's words is crazy." Full story  

Ms. Trump, Monday night, July 18, 2016:

"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 lives. 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."

Mrs. Obama, in her 2008 speech:

"Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them. And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them." 

The same story happened in Ukraine several years ago. Raisa Bogatyreva, then Ukrainian Defense Secretary, plagiarized the famous Steve Jobs speech to Stanford in 2005. She was delivering a speech in Kyiv-Mohyla Academy at a graduation ceremony. 


Though many parts of Bogatyreva's speech were very much alike the Job's, the high-ranked civil servant never admitted the fact of plagiarism. 

The Next Web has compared the speeches:

Raisa Bogatyreva: 

Knowledge, that you've got today in these walls, your character, fate, life, or at least karma, will help you to find the right answer.

Steve Jobs: 

You'll have to stand on somethething. On your character, fate, life, karma, anything.

Bogatyreva: 

up to 33 years, I was not paying attention to the saying: If you live each day like the last, ever to do it.

Jobs: 

When I was 17, I came across a quote if you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right.

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