Saturday, May 18, 2024

Trumpsters/RNC in Denial Over Melania’s Plagiarism; Blame Hillary

*Man, you gotta give Republicans and Donald Trump‘s camp for being … oh, shall we say, creative and inventive when it comes to explaining their own self-inflicted wounds. The reality is that they just simply deny reality and come with crazy crap and expect the public to buy it. And unfortunately, some will. Especially their base whose bar seems to be extremely low.

The bottom line is Trump’s campaign is denying any similarities between Melania Trump’s speech during the Republican National Convention and Michelle Obama’s speech during the Democratic convention is 2008, and instead blaming it on Hillary Clinton.

Yes, you read that correctly. They are blaming their eff-up on Hillary Clinton.

Here’s the deal. Campaign manager Paul Manafort not only denied the accusations (he called them “crazy” on CNN Tuesday morning) but he suggested that the reaction was because Hillary Clinton felt “threatened.”

“There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These were common words and values that she cares about her family and things like that,” Manafort said. “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.”

“I mean, 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,” he added.


The fact that it’s preposterous and laughable to even blame Hillary Clinton is crazy to begin with, but there is zero indication that Clinton had anything to do with the speech or the reaction to it. The similarities in wording were first noticed by journalist and interior designer Jarrett Hill.

And Trump’s communications adviser Jason Miller sent out a statement continuing the denial.

“In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking,” Jason Miller, Trump’s communications adviser, said in a statement. “Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.”

But Trump’s wife told NBC’s Matt Lauer ahead of the speech: “I wrote it. And with as little help as possible.”

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