Proof that Melania Trump Did NOT Plagiarize
Admittedly, the synoptic presentation above makes Melania look like a plagiarist, but let us look more closely at what Melania really said. For convenience, here are Michelle's words from her speech of August 25, 2008:
And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that 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, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them. And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and to pass them on to the next generation. 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.Compare now Melania's actual words from her speech of July 18, 2016:
From a young age, my parents [Barack and Michelle] 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. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily lives. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son, and we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow 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.You see? A source for the words that mirror Michelle's words so closely is provided by Melania: "my parents." Clearly, Melania means that her parents are Barack and Michelle, so I have added this clarifying point in brackets. Melania is thus NOT plagiarizing Michelle's speech! Rather, she is repeating nearly verbatim the moral lessons learned so well from her parents Barack and Michelle, and of these lessons, the principal one is honesty.
The beauty of my hypothesis is that it also explains Donald Trump's otherwise inexplicable obsession with Barack Obama's birth certificate!
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