“Famous Quotes” From Melania Trump’s Copy + Paste Speech

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Melania Trump delivered a speech last night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and it was great. So heartfelt and inspiring….and oddly familiar? When she spoke about her values and work ethic, people couldn’t help but get a weird sense of deja-vu. But from where? As it turns out, Donald Trump’s wife seemingly plagiarized some of Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech, and people are not happy about it.

Here’s a side by side comparison:

Shortly after people discovered where Melania and her speech writers got their (*ahem*) “inspiration” from, social media users began compiling other famous quotes that the potential future first lady could also take credit for. Since they are all pretty hilarious, here are some #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes:

But the award for best catalog of compiled #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes goes to… Jesse Williams! The “Grey’s Anatomy” actor and outspoken Black Lives Matter supporter had fun remembering plenty of famous quotes from Melania.

All jokes aside, the Trump campaign released a statement saying that they are not planning to fire anyone in connection with the plagiarism of Michelle Obama. They even went as far as to blame the scrutiny over Melania’s speech on Hillary Clinton going full Regina George on women she feels “threatened” by.

Normally, if a candidate’s team were to be caught red-handed plagiarizing, it would mean the end of the campaign–but there’s nothing normal about this election cycle. Donald Trump has been highly successful in his strategy of doubling down on controversies, rather than apologizing. However, there are still three days left in Cleveland, so we’ll have to wait and see if this major snafu ends up alienating voters.

Alexis Evans
Alexis Evans is an Assistant Editor at Law Street and a Buckeye State native. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a minor in Business from Ohio University. Contact Alexis at



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