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Wait. Was Melania Trump’s speech copied from Michelle Obama’s?

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Melania Trump’s speech was one of the less bad things that happened during the opening night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and now it sure looks like that’s because at least part of it was copied from one of the pros. Part of her speech appears to be lifted pretty directly from a convention speech Michelle Obama gave in 2008.

Here’s a passage from Melania Trump’s speech (transcribed by Vox).

My parents impressed on me the value of that you work hard for what you want in life. That your work is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise. That you treat people with respect. Show the values and morals in in the daily life. That is the lesson that we continue to pass on to our son. We need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. [Cheering] Because we want our children in these nations to know that the only limit to your achievement is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.

And here’s Michelle Obama’s speech from 2008.

And 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 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.

Jarrett Hill was the first person to notice the similarities over Twitter.

Now, no matter what happens, it’s almost certainly not Melania Trump’s fault. But some campaign speechwriter is going to have to answer some very awkward questions. [EDIT: According to NBC, Mrs. Trump claimed to have written the speech herself. So, uh-oh.]

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