For Melania Trump’s first significant speaking appearance on night one of the Republican National Convention, someone involved with the Trump campaign committed a giant faux pas.
Melania’s big appearance featured a speech filled with blatant plagiarism, lifting entire and very slightly altered passages from First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech.
MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host, Joe Scarborough, covered the Trump campaign response to the plagiarized speech. Trump campaign manager Joe Manafort first denied that the speech was plagiarized, saying:
“To think that she would do something like that knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd.”
Scarborough reported that Manafort, who is the man to be held responsible for the speech, blamed Melania, who he said “is the one who added the words to the speech.” Scarborough admonished Manafort for “throwing Melania under the bus” and said:
“You don’t have to have a master’s degree to know that that stuff is not going to fly…i suspect that paul manafort’s statement this morning is not gonna fly well with donald trump, and certainly if we’re all hearing manafort’s allies are trying to throw his wife under the bus, we’re going to see a shake-up sooner rather than later.”
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In a later segment, Scarborough, along with co-host, Brzezinski, as well as guests Willie Geist, Mark Halperin, John Heilemann, and Ben Ginsburg discussed more about the expected fall-out from the serious blunder that turned the first night of the Republican National Convention into a “catastrophe.”
Scarborough noted that:
“We had somebody that works with us saying, ‘well, they should fire somebody except they have nobody to fire.'”
Mark Halperin added:
“i think by the end of today, probably sooner, someone in the campaign’s going to take responsibility for this and have to leave.”
Scarborough followed up on those remarks, asking:
“You think they’ll fire somebody?”
Halperin responded by saying:
“they have to. not only for accountability, but to take the onus off of her.”
Trump himself has not yet given a public response to the plagiarism controversy for the speech that his wife, apparently, did not want to give and offered, without a question prompting her words, that she was largely responsible for writing.
See the plagiarized portion of the speech, side-by-side with the original speech, below:
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