Plagiarism Accusations Weren’t Absurd or Crazy

If Bernie Sanders was sick of Clinton’s damn emails, I am sick of Melania Trump’s damned plagiarized convention speech. Still, the news keeps coming.


This explanation is wholly inconsistent with what the Trump campaign has been saying over the last day and a half. Meredith McIver has collaborated with Donald Trump on several books. Contrary to the suggestions of Trump’s campaign guru Paul Manafort, Ms. McIver did plagiarize Michelle Obama’s words, so the accusation wasn’t “absurd” or “crazy” and it was ludicrous for him to say that there was “a political tint” to the accusations of plagiarism and to accuse the Clinton campaign of spreading disinformation.

About 50% of the Republican convention so far has been based on fear of immigrants, terrorists and bogeymen, but the other half has been dedicated to questioning Hillary Clinton’s forthrightness and honesty. It seems like a critical mistake to get caught being deceptive and dishonest about something as mundane as Melania’s speechwriter’s mistake. It stomps on the message.

What’s almost funny is the excuse provided. Melania copied Michelle’s words because she admired them.

That’s good to know, but I’m not sure it will do a lot to comfort a fractious Republican base.

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Martin Longman

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