Like the millions who tuned in this week on the first night of the Republican convention in Cleveland to see Melania Trump’s speech, I was dazzled by her beauty, struck by her sincerity, impressed by her fluency in a language not of her native tongue, touched by her obvious love for her husband and family and country, and impressed by her quiet confidence and sense of self.
In a lengthy interview I had seen a few weeks earlier of Melania with Fox News’ Greta van Susteren, it was clear that the former super model—who is formally educated, multilingual, world-traveled, and the embodiment of sophistication—was unpretentious, of a serene temperament, plain-spoken, strong in her convictions and values, and also funny and nice. And also not interested in the spotlight, but more in raising her 10-year-old son Barron with good values and morals.
So it was shocking when I woke up Tuesday morning to read and hear of the gigantic brouhaha about Melania’s alleged “plagiarism.”
Right away, I smelled a rat.
For one thing, it is almost impossible to find anything the leftist media say that is even marginally credible. Most of the lackeys, who pose as journalists, sound more like they’re on the payroll of the Hillary for President campaign or the Democratic National Committee than in the service of the American public.
Remember, these are the people who spent a full year vilifying, insulting, and lying about Donald Trump, fully confident that their viewers and readers would listen to their wisdom, only to be soundly repudiated by the American voting public.
No matter what they said, the voters, figuratively at least, spit in their faces. But in the “culture” of journalism, such repudiation never breeds self-reflection; it only breeds vengeance, and the desire to find something, anything, to take down their nemesis.
Second, it was impossible for me to picture Melania consulting a search engine and looking up the speeches of former First Ladies, finding the words of Michelle Obama, and saying to herself: “Aha…I think I’ll lift a few lines here!”
However, it was eminently plausible for me to picture a professional speechwriter that Melania admitted to Matt Lauer helped her “a little bit” being lazy and unprofessional enough to do just that, to look up former speeches and stick random sentences into the quite brilliant and original piece Melania had written herself—without her knowledge that the excerpts had been lifted!
John Hinderaker of Powerline.com, a site founded by Dartmouth College alumni and, mysteriously to me, not a fan of Mr. Trump, weighed in with an article that damned the craven media. Entitled “Plagiarism? Please,” the writer called Melania’s speech outstanding, and said that so-called lifted sentiments “are so commonplace that they probably could be drawn from any of a hundred speeches. But, is this supposed to be some kind of scandal? One could probably think of a less important issue, but it would take a while. And I wouldn’t think that either Barack Obama or Joe Biden would want to start a conversation about plagiarism.”
Citing an article in the NY Times headlined “Melania Trump’s Speech Bears Striking Similarities to Michelle Obama’s in 2008,” Hinderaker disagrees, writing that, “Michelle Obama’s best-remembered public pronouncement is her statement that `[f]or the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country.’ Why? Because her husband was nominated for president. The heart of Melania Trump’s speech, on the other hand, was not the lines that she may have borrowed from Michelle Obama, but rather this tribute to America, delivered by an immigrant:
`After living and working in Milan and Paris, I arrived in New York City twenty years ago, and I saw both the joys and the hardships of daily life. On July 28th, 2006, I was very proud to become a citizen of the United States—the greatest privilege on planet Earth. I cannot, or will not, take the freedoms this country offers for granted.”
Hinderaker continues: “Do you think Michelle Obama (or Barack, for that matter) thinks it is the greatest privilege on planet Earth to be an American? No, I don’t either. I suspect that one of Melania Trump’s principal objectives in her speech was to draw that contrast between herself and Mr. and Mrs. Obama.”
Of course, a fulminating John Podhoretz from the NY Post and the obsessed anti-Trump writer Jonathan Tobin from Commentarymagazine.com put in their two-cents worth, jumping on the plagiarism charge…but to no avail.
By the time FNC’s Megyn Kelly got around to the subject at 9 p.m. on Tuesday night, it was old news, debunked by most people who recognized it as a manufactured and frivolous non-subject. Besides, two of Donald Trump’s five children were just about ready to speak on their father’s behalf.
Tiffany Trump, the 22-year-old recent Wharton Business School graduate, entranced the crowd with her beauty, articulateness, confidence and also modesty, and especially her full-hearted love and respect for her father.
And then came 38-year-old Donald J. Trump, Jr., who left every commentator on the political spectrum, as well as the entire Twitter world, either overflowing with positive “reviews” or predicting a stellar political future for the young mogul. He, too, was fulsome in his praise of and respect for his father.
The ultimate takeaway, however, was that the people who occupy the world of Donald Trump are the real thing. They are clear-eyed, confident in their views, authentically conservative, and “the real thing.”
So real, in fact, that it is unimaginable that Melanie copied anything from anyone. If any copying was done, it was by, as I said, a lazy or incompetent hire, and blame also goes to the negligent person who okayed her speech.
Or was it purposeful sabotage?! That cannot be ruled out, so egregious was this act. It remains to be seen if it was, indeed, sabotage, and if the Trump team found the culprit and promptly axed him or her.
Melania was wronged. But strong woman who she is, I have no doubt that she will go on to make dozens if not hundreds of important, inspiring, and empowering speeches as the next First Lady of the United States!
For anyone that is not aware, Joan is a member of PFA, writing in Canada Free Press.............thanks for your article Joan.
No one would want to copy Bubble Butt O.
What is obvious..well maybe not to the ignorant young crowd is the question where did the tranny get her lines that are allegedly plagiarized ?? She sure didn't write them herself. All you have to do is look up Elizabeth Doyle's speech when he was running for president and you'll identify where she stole them from !!!!!
The Left can be absolutely ASSURED that Melania Trump does NOT want to use OR need to use ANY FILTH which comes from michelle obama's mouth!!!!!!! 'CLASS' never trips!!!!!!!!!!
You have to look at the faggot journalists, if you can call them journalists. They are all vying for the chance to drop to their knees and blow nobama. They are not interested in the truth.
The RNC speakers truthfully trounced on rotten hitlery criminalton pretty severe that first night and msm immediately looked for a diversion from hitlery's career evil, from what these speakers said and Melania Trump was their diversion. Too bad, but it worked and they didn't talk about anything the RNC speakers said except to toned down the harshness against hitlery. How disgusting! Plz sob (S orrytoe rot/OB ozo), hitlery don't off the donald, plzzzz. I beg of you. We all know you're good at killing and you're going to cheat with the election machines but still, you won't have enough dead people to vote for you and save you, this time, like it did for sob in both elections.
ANYONE REMEMBER HOW OHITLER OZERO PLAGARIZED, MANY TIMES, GOV DUVALL PATRICK OF MA SPEECHES
SURELY THE LIB LEFT WILL MENTION THAT RIGHT.............................NOT
WORDS ARE NOT OWNED BY ANYONE OR I WOULD BE PLAGARIZING SOMEONE JUST BY SAYING THAT; IF; AND; U GET THE PIC. WE KNOW THE LIARS AND IT WAS NOT MELANIA.
As a Constitutional Libertarian, I am absolutely entertained by the MSM and Liberals trying to get hooks into Trumps family! Talk about blow back, everytime they make a move, Trump wins the round!
"As a Constitutional Libertarian..." So you favor a woman's choice to end her pregnancy (murder) and support same-sex marriage (sodomy)? Had you use a lower case "L" I may not have posed the question(s).
What part of the Constitution allows the murder of the Un Born? That would be a document foreign to me, regardless of what liberal, leftist judges and courts wish to proclaim!
As I stated had use used a small case "L" I would not have posed the question. The Libertarian Party supports a woman's right to chose whether to abort her child for whatever reason she chooses. I know this as a fact as I was once a leader of a Libertarian Party in the Tidewater VA, after returning to my Biblical faith I could no longer remain a Libertarian. There is no Constitutional mandate that would allow abortion to be legal is we truly followed the Constitution, as a matter of fact approximately 95% of what our Federal government now does is unconstitutional.