Melania Trump's speech at the opening night of the Republican National Convention Monday was strikingly similar to Michelle Obama's remarks at the Democratic National Convention in 2008, prompting some to accuse Donald Trump's wife of plagiarism.
In one part of her speech, Trump said: "From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise, that you treat people with respect. ... We need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them."
In Obama's speech eight years ago, she said: "Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them. And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and to pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them."
On Tuesday, a Trump campaign spokesperson denied that Melania Trump lifted parts of her speech from Michelle Obama's and accused Hillary Clinton's campaign of manufacturing the controversy. "To think that she would do something like that, knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd," Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign chairman, said on CNN's New Day. "To think that she'd be cribbing Michelle Obama's words is crazy. ... This is once again an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, she seeks out to demean her and take her down. It's not going to work."
The first lady wasn't the only person from whom Trump appeared to draw inspiration, however. She also appeared to channel singer Rick Astley at one point, assuring delegates that her husband "will never give up. And most importantly, he will never, ever let you down."
According to CNN, a team of writers and senior aides had a role in editing the speech and "providing guidance," though Melania Trump told NBC that she "wrote it ... with (as) little help as possible."
Check out similarities between the Melania Trump's and Michelle Obama's speeches in the video here.