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"Melania Trump" Explains Her Plagiarism Controversy on The Late Show

Laura Benanti's impression is flawless

Liam Mathews

During Stephen Colbert's live Late Show Tuesday night, the host addressed Melania Trump's plagiarism controversy by allowing "Melania Trump" (played by Broadway star and Nashvillealum Laura Benanti) to explain herself. Colbert explained that he and the Trumps are friends, so he was able to secure an exclusive, in-person appearance by Donald Trump's wife.

"My fellow Americans," Benanti-as-Trump began, before pausing to strike some sexy poses.

"This is truly the best of times, it is the worst of times," she continued. "I did not plagiarize my speech last night. I would never do such a thing. I would not, could not with a goat. I would not, could not on a boat."

Did Melania Trump plagiarize Michelle Obama's 2008 speech at the RNC?

The "explanation" gets even more absurd from there.

Scott Kowalchyk, CBS

Colbert said that he doesn't believe Mrs. Trump is at fault and that her speechwriters should be fired for the mistake -- although they haven't been yet, as far as he knows.

"If only there were someone in the Trump campaign who enjoyed firing people," he quipped, which elicited cheers from the audience.

The Republican National Convention continues tonight, and Colbert will have another live show sending it up right after.

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