The management of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign appears not to be swayed by external forces agitating for a wielding of the dismissal hammer or disciplinary action over the controversy surrounding Melania Trump’s plagiarism of Michelle Obama.
Although the Republican Party woke up to a cascade of finger-pointing and confusion on Tuesday, Trump’s campaign had decided to simply move on without further addressing questions about the speech.
On Monday night, Melanie Trump, wife to the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Turmp had given an exceptional speech at the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention that bore striking similarities to a speech given by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2008.
Mrs. Trump had 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; that 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 life. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son and we need to pass those lessons to the many generations that follow. Because want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength to your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”
During the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, Mrs. Obama had said:
“And 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; that 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 onto 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 hard for them.”
The likelihood that Ms. Trump’s remarks had been plagiarized cast a cloud over the second day of the Republican National Convention and laid bare lingering tensions within the party surrounding the nomination of Donald J. Trump, whose campaign continues to be plagued by stumbles and infighting despite several reboots.
Two close sources told CNN that Donald Trump himself is furious about it.
This is just as Trump’s aides chalked the controversy up to media bias and blamed Hillary Clinton’s campaign – even though the apparent plagiarism was discovered by an independent journalist and had gone viral before Clinton’s allies and Democrats even weighed in.
In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day,” campaign chairman Paul Manafort denied the allegations of plagiarism.
“To think that she would do something like that knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd,” Manafort said.
Manafort said the words Melania used were not “cribbed” but are common words.
“There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These were common words and values. She cares about her family,” Manafort said. “To think that she’d be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy.”