Here are the Best Reactions to Melania Trump Plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s Speech

Parts of her speech were nearly identical to Obama’s 2008 convention address.


The first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention closed on Monday to a damning analysis of Melania Trump’s much-anticipated speech—her first major address to the American people—that discovered the potential first lady apparently lifted an entire paragraph of Michelle Obama’s remarks from the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Reactions to the glaring similarities were swift and hilarious. Here are some of the best:

The Trump campaign is denying the plagiarism charges, even blaming Hillary Clinton for lashing out at women like Melania Trump who “threaten” her. While that explanation might be sufficient for Trump supporters, let it be remembered: The internet never forgets.

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

Headshot of Editor in Chief of Mother Jones, Clara Jeffery

It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate