Copy Cat: Here's What Happened With Melania Trump
In a lesson on what the internet can do, Melania Trump learns you can't hide from plagiarism checks.
The Short of It:
Melania Trump's highly anticipated introduction to voters at the Republican National Convention has made her into an internet meme.
The Longer Version of It:
It was the late English writer Charles Caleb Colton who said "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Melania Trump is probably saying it this morning too. Just know the words aren't her own.
The 46-year old former model took to the stage at the Republican National Convention on Monday to advocate for her husband and Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, of whom she has been married to for over a decade. Having previously taken a back seat throughout her husband's campaign, Melania's highly anticipated appearance at the RNC was seen as a debut to voters and was expected to be her most high-profile appearance on the campaign trail thus far. Until the convention, Melanie has granted few interviews and has dodged the spotlight by avoiding appearances at more significant campaign events. Hence, her highly awaited appearance was expected to be a deeper introduction to the country's could-be first lady.
In a speech that addressed the more personal facets of her husband's personality and her experience as an immigrant to the U.S., Melania highlighted the ways that both she and Trump would instill "true American values" to the country during their time in the White House together. Unfortunately for her, it seems Michelle Obama had beat her to the punch with nearly identical words during her own convention speech in 2008. Almost as soon as the speech had wrapped up, controversy over it quickly overshadowed the poised speech. With users and journalists drawing attention to the similarities, the Twittersphere was ablaze.
Here's a highlighted look at the plagiarized paragraphs in question from CNN.
Now social media users are dragging Melania to her very first online field day using the hashtag #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes as they poke fun.
Now of course we all know that this could be partially swept under the rug if Melania could come forward and say that her speech writers had made the plagiarism gaffe, but it won't be so. Earlier in the day, Melania Trump had talked to NBC's Matt Lauer and claimed credit for the words "I read once over it, that's all, because I wrote it ... with (as) little help as possible."
Well, your 5th grade teacher was right. Read your work more than once and ALWAYS use plagiarism check to make sure your words are original.
But, there's a new lesson in this too. Never say that "it can't get better than this". In a truly great and unexpected plot twist which are so often seen in the Trump camp, social media users are putting forth a case that suggests we've also all been Rickrolled by the first lady hopeful. And boy, does the internet love a good Rickroll. If you haven't heard about Rickrolling, you're in for a treat. The popular internet meme involves singer Rick Astley who performed the popular 80s song "Never Gonna Give You Up" and essentially pulls a person into a speech, conversation or writing that leads into the songs lyrics.
"He will never give up," Melania said about her husband in her speech. "And most importantly, he will never, ever let you down,"
Her words ring very similar to the 80s classic: "Never gonna give you up/ Never gonna let you down/ Never gonna run around and desert you."
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