Trump Campaign: What Plagiarism?

'These were common words and values'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2016 8:37 AM CDT
Melania Trump at the RNC, and Michelle Obama in 2008.   (AP Photos)
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(Newser) – All the buzz Tuesday morning about Melania Trump plagiarizing a speech by Michelle Obama is "just really absurd." At least that's the stance the Trump campaign is taking after a controversial night at the RNC. She wouldn't "do something like that knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be," Trump spokesman Paul Manafort tells CNN. "There's no cribbing of Michelle Obama's speech. These were common words and values." He then pivoted to attack Donald Trump's presumed Democratic rival, per Politico: "This is once again an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down." (See the speech similarities here.)

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