Melania Trump accused of plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s 2008 Speech
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News July 19, 2016 Updated: 8:20 PM
The wife of the GOP’s presidential presumptive nominee Donald Trump, Melania Trump, received high praise for her speech at the Republican convention Monday night, But portions of her remarks were very similar to the first lady Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention 2008 in Denver.
In the speech where Trump discussed her upbringing, she said "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."
Eight years ago, Michelle Obama said that "Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: like 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."
Another portion in Trump's speech that is similar to the first lady's came when she was talking about the young people of the United States.
"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."
In the first lady's speech, she expressed some of the same goals for generations to come.
"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 Trump campaign released a statement early Tuesday morning addressing the controversy, saying, in part, "Melania's team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking."