Well, that’s one way to start off the Republican National Convention.
Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, took the stage at the 2016 RNC on Monday night for her first public remarks in front of the convention crowd, but her speech sounded awfully familiar.
Journalist Jarrett Hill was among the first to point out on Twitter that Melania’s remarks bore a striking resemblance to the speech Michelle Obama gave at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, when she was the wife of another presumptive nominee.
Someone else did us all the favor of putting the clips side by side, where it’s hard to deny that Melania, or at least her speechwriter, was heavily inspired by Michelle’s words.
The Trump campaign later responded to the plagiarism accusation in a statement reading, "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. Melania's immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success."
Statement on Melania Trump Speech pic.twitter.com/80KgS0jxXz— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) July 19, 2016
Twitter predictably had a field day with the observation. The hashtag “#FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes” immediately started trending, with people adding obviously famous quotes and attributing them to the FLOTUS hopeful.
"I have had it with these mothahfuckin' snakes on this mothahfuckin' plane" #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) July 19, 2016
"Earned all this money but they never take the country out me...I got hot sauce in my bag" #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes— Erwin Globsin (@gibblertron) July 19, 2016
"She had them Apple Bottom jeans, and the boots with the fur" #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) July 19, 2016
"I'd very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that Ive never been asked to be apart of since 2009." #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes— Daniel Preda (@MisterPreda) July 19, 2016