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Melania Trump returns to convention following speech gaffe

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    Barron Trump, center, son of Donald and Melania Trump, talks to Tiffany Trump as Melania Trump sits at right during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland today.

CLEVELAND » Melania Trump returned to the Republican National Convention today for the first time since her prime-time speech went viral with charges that she stole parts of it from a speech given by Michelle Obama.

A lot has happened since then — not the least of which, her husband, Donald Trump, became the party’s official nominee for president. Mrs. Trump was in the arena to watch her husband give his acceptance speech, perhaps the biggest speech of his very public life.

She watched the speech in the box reserved for Trump’s family, accompanied by her son, Barron, the youngest of Donald Trump’s children.

Delegates to the convention were forgiving.

“We all understand it was a mistake, and they owned up to it,” Georgia delegate Donna Rowe said. “I’m ready to move on.”

Mrs. Trump gave a moving speech to the convention Monday night, highlighting a personal side of her husband that many people have never seen. Much of the convention arena was enthralled.

However, several passages from the speech were nearly identical to one delivered by the first lady at the 2008 Democratic convention.

Almost immediately, social media went ballistic, erupting with charges of plagiarism and videos of the two speeches side-by-side.

The Trump campaign spent two days denying there was any plagiarism, calling the criticism absurd. Finally, on Wednesday, a speechwriter for Trump’s company issued a statement saying she was to blame.

The speechwriter, Meredith McIver, said Mrs. Trump had read excerpts of Mrs. Obama’s speech to her as examples of things she liked. McIver said she later included the passages in the speech she wrote for Mrs. Trump.

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    • I thought the convention went well. You know, when you are an outsider there’s not much to lie about. If elected, she will easily become a billionaire along with Obama.
      If not, they’ll end up disgraced.

    • SA has been in the Clinton’s and Obama’s pocket from day 1. They pull articles from the MSM supporting Clinton and bashing Trump.
      The SA belongs right up there with MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, etc.

  • this was not a big deal if they made a mistake still mrs trump made a good speech and impression, that she took the women votes from Hillary Clinton, Hillary choked on her food after mrs. trumps speech, because she knows she lost the women votes mrs trump is cross of zaza gabor and Jackie kennedy rolled into one, she was great. I did not see Obama apologize when he copied the governor of mass. speech during his time when he was running to be president so I guess all politicians copy someone elses speech. that’s why no big deal.

  • Ok, Trumpzis, your supreme logic has convinced me that Melania is completely innocent of plagiarism, that it was all just a weird coincidence that entire paragraphs of her speech resembled Michelle Obama’s….

    Oh, wait–they finally admitted to plagiarizing? Will you now admit you were wrong, and that you need a little “help” Mental disability is nothing to be ashamed of.

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