It is, however, a Facebook user who gave what may be the most ridiculous defense of Melania Trump’s catastrophic first public speech of her husband’s chaotic campaign.
The Facebook poster describes herself as a “life coach” from an affluent city in Washington.
Not only did 14 of her friends, at the time the screenshot was taken, “like” or even “love” her post on Facebook, some of them commented their absolute agreement with the poster’s ridiculous assertions.
For the record, how many children in the United States were not taught these values? There is even a name for this particular set of values, “The Protestant Work Ethic,” which are widely considered the “proper” way of thinking in this country and is most often used as a defense of capitalism. Having been taught similar values is not the same as lifting, word-for-word, a speech that belongs to someone else and changing a few phrases slightly and claiming it as your own words. That is, in fact, the very definition of plagiarism.
Other responses to the Facebook poster’s absurd comments justification of Melania’s huge error were not quite so agreeable, but the original poster shut them down in an equally absurd manner.
So lifting entire passages from someone else’s work isn’t really the problem. It’s the media! How dare we blame plagiarism on the plagiarizer, racism on the racists, or rape on the rapists?
Just do what Trump does: blame the media for your mistakes. Hey, it’s worked so far for him. It got him all the way to a nomination from a major party for the highest office in the land.
See the side-by-side comparison of the two speeches below:
Featured image screengrab via YouTube