MSNBC anchor Joy-Ann Reid wasn’t having any of the excuses her colleagues argued in defense of Melania Trump’s plagiarized speech given Monday evening during the opening night of the Republican National Convention.
As her colleagues defended Mrs. Trump’s speech, crediting the bombshell of a mishap to disorganized staff, Reid made a stellar comparison when she asked them if First Lady Michelle Obama would’ve gotten away with it had a similar thing happened in 2008.
On Tuesday morning, Hallie Jackson asked MSNBC contributors what they thought of Melania Trump’s speech.
Reid began, saying:
‘I’ll start by quoting a guy called Tom Nichols, who’s a conservative and very prominent on Twitter, who said, ‘Ask yourself if Michelle Obama would have been given a pass had she done the same thing in 2008?”
‘I think we’re all very quickly passing the responsibility onto staff. Clearly, this is a campaign that is poorly staffed. I think that has been clear for a long time. But they sent Melania Trump over to Matt Lauer to say that she wrote it [the speech].’
Turning to her colleagues and their dismissal of Melania’s involvement in writing the speech, she said:
‘But we’re immediately dismissing the idea that she had anything to do with it. I doubt that we would dismiss the idea that Michelle Obama had anything to do with it.’
Placing the responsibility on Mrs. Trump, she added:
‘She’s an adult woman. She’s grown up. She has participated in the delivery of this speech. She gave the speech. So I think you have to give responsibility — sure, to the staff, the campaign management has been poor here — but Melania Trump did give the speech and Michelle Obama wouldn’t have gotten a pass.’
Watch the clip in full below, via VidMe:
Following the speech fiasco, the Trump campaign released the following statement in what can only be explained as a failed attempt at damage control:
‘In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.’
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