The Republican National Convention kicked off Monday, July 18th in Cleveland, Ohio, amassing an estimated 50,000 people and thoroughly stunting traffic in the city. The night was set aside for Donald Trump to formally accept the presidential nomination, marking the final leg of the 2016 campaign trail.
My phone went wild with countless pings from various media channels as I watched the convention on TV. Scrolling through my social media feeds, I was assured many of my peers were doing the same – but I don’t think anyone was ready for the mess Melania Trump’s speech would make.
No matter your political affiliations, you can’t deny that Melania Trump’s speech bears an unmistakeable, undeniable, irrefutable resemblance to Michelle Obama’s DNC speech 8 years ago.
Trump’s campaign manager has denied the plagiarism allegations, calling them “absolutely absurd,” and won’t be holding anyone accountable for the flub.
(Hilariously enough, this isn’t the only thing Melania took inspiration from in her speech. )
Given the stir this has caused, one thing I’m left wondering is: was this to be expected? Is this simply indicative of a familiar narrative?
I mean, come on. Melania, a fair-skinned woman, has ripped off the words of Michelle Obama, a black woman – and has the gall to call it completely original. It doesn’t matter that the proof is right there, in writing, and on live television.
We’re talking about a presidential couple that repeatedly sensationalizes events and builds support on non-facts. Donald Trump has made lying a fashionable practice in the political arena, even for things that don’t necessarily have an impact on whether or not he gets more support. Melania is married to a man who didn’t even write his own book, who makes up anecdotes to rally his supporters. And there are 101 concrete examples to back this all up.
So why shouldn’t the same tactics apply to his wife?
I also can’t help but think of the irony in Melania ripping off Michelle Obama, when her supporters are the ones who promoted this horrifyingly offensive comic...
But after all this, are we really that surprised?