The Republican National Convention opens

The Republican National Convention opened Monday to a chaotic scene of Never Trump delegates pushing for a roll call that would not take place, then a walk out by the Colorado delegation, but that was before the national audience would hear from the predicted star of the evening Melania Trump, Mrs. Donald Trump. The speech went off flawlessly. She spoke from the heart. She spoke about her husband’s love for his country and that he was the right leader for these changing times. She looked beautiful, she sounded lovely and Trump tweeted how proud he was of his wife.

The trouble started with a Tweet

It started as a dribble but then reached a fever pitch. Journalist Jarrett Hill first flagged the speech on Twitter stating that, “Melania must’ve liked Michelle Obama’s 2008 Convention speech, since she plagiarized it.” When one fact checks Mrs. Trump’s speech, it became obvious that something was wrong, very, very wrong. Mrs. Trump speech seemed so familiar and yes, it actually was. There were entire phrases and lines that were identical to Michelle Obama’s speech given at the 2008 Democratic Convention.

Melania Trump tells Matt Lauer she wrote her own speech

Earlier Monday, Mrs. Trump was asked about her speech on the Today Show with Matt Lauer. Lauer asked Mrs.

Trump is she was nervous about appearing at the convention to which she said was excited to take the stage and for a matter of fact, she didn’t need to practice because, "I read once over it and that's all because I wrote it, with (as) little help ... as possible.” However, shortly after Mrs. Trump speech was being torn apart, the Trump campaign offered the following statement, “"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.

Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.”

It's all Hillary Clinton's fault

That was not going to settle the matter. Tuesday’s morning news shows could not have talked about anything else. It was Paul Manafort, the Trump convention manager to answer to the charges of plagiarism.

On CNN, Manafort was asked if Mrs. Trump had scribbed some of her speech from Michelle Obama. Manafort strongly stated that Mrs. Trump did not use any part of Michelle Obama’s speech and that for that matter it was all Hillary Clinton’s fault. Hillary Clinton? Yep, he said it. Manafort stated that this is once again an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down.”

No, it wasn't Hillary's fault

Hillary Clinton is to blame? Paul Manafort’s personal assistant, it has been stated, was the one who should have fact checked Mrs. Trump’s speech. Someone in the Trump campaign failed her. Big Time. To say this is the work of Hillary Clinton would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad.

It is sad that the first time millions of Americans were able to get a sense of who Melania Trump was, it was overshadowed by some passages that were too similar to someone else’s. To make matters worse, it had to be one of the speeches given by an Obama, to boot.

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