Melania Trump‘s speech at the Republican National Convention quickly drew comparisons to Michelle Obama‘s 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention – and Twitter was quick to “attribute” other famous sayings to the potential First Lady.
The hashtag #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes trended on Tuesday as the world reacted to a keynote address by Donald Trump‘s wife. According to Twitter users, the Slovenian-born former model, 46, is also responsible for song lyrics, movie quotes and famous sayings.
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Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, addressed the plagiarism accusations Tuesday morning on CNN’s New Day.
“To think that she would do something like that knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd,” he told Chris Cuomo. “There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These were common words and values. She cares about her family. To think that she’d be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy.”
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest steadfastly refused to be drawn into the controversy when asked about it repeatedly during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
“I’m going to largely let others weigh in with their view on the variety of questions that were prompted by a variety” of people yesterday, he told reporters. “I’ll let all of you weigh in on that and try to learn more about how exactly [Melania Trump’s speech] was written.”