Trump campaign denies any wrongdoing, blames Hillary Clinton for the controversy
Melania Trump gave what seemed like a remarkable speech Monday at the Republican National Convention — but were portions of it lifted directly from a 2008 Democratic National Convention speech by Michelle Obama?
Take a look:
Paul Manafort, chairman of the Donald Trump campaign, quickly denied that Melania Trump had ripped off Michelle’s speech. He said Mrs. Trump’s speech simply used “common words.”
Manafort said on CNN: “These were common words and values — that she cares about her family, things like that. I mean, she was speaking in front of 35 million people last night. She knew that. To think that she would be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy.”
Journalist Jarrett Hill was the first to break the story — on Twitter. Hill highlights what he says are plagiarized passages in his tweet below:
— Jarrett Hill (@JarrettHill) July 19, 2016
The Trump campaign says it won’t acknowledge any wrongdoing, and instead blamed Hillary Clinton for the plagiarism reports.
“This is once again an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down. It’s not going to work,” Manafort said on CNN.