Sunday, May 19, 2024

Melania Trump Speech Writer Says Melania is a Fan of Michelle Obama

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*Now we know why Melania Trump cribbed Michelle Obama‘s speech from the 2008 DNC. It seems she’s a FAN of the first lady. Well damn, ain’t that nothing. We know this because Trump staffer Meredith McIver says so in her letter on Wednesday where she admitted to plagiarizing Obama’s speech for Melania’s speech.

“A person she has always liked is Michelle Obama,” McIver wrote. “Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama’s speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech.”

The fact that Melania Trump was looking to emulate — or at least touch on ideas espoused by — Michelle Obama is pretty notable, reports the Washington Post.

She went to the trouble of looking at what Obama said when Obama was in her same situation eight years ago. The Trump campaign could have said that Trump was simply reviewing what other potential first ladies have said at conventions; instead, McIver acknowledged that Trump spoke Obama’s words — indirectly, of course — because she is fond of her.

This isn’t earth-shattering — not as earth-shattering, perhaps, as if Donald Trump cribbed language from Barack Obama’s convention speeches. And bipartisanship between real and potential first ladies isn’t exactly surprising.

Michelle Obama has called Laura Bush “a role model and a friend,” even as her husband ran hard against George W. Bush’s policies in 2008. Laura Bush even defended Michelle Obama during the 2008 campaign, when Republicans cried foul over Obama’s comments that she was “really proud” of her country for the first time.

Interestingly, during that same interview, Laura Bush praised Hillary Clinton’s “grit and strength” in the 2008 primary campaign and noted the potentially history-making nature of the first female president. Additionally, as recently as this year, Mrs. Bush hinted she might vote Clinton over Trump.

You can read the rest of this Washington Post article at MSN News.

 

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