By Nicole Hensley – NY Daily News
Melania Trump’s first major stump speech for her husband and White House hopeful Donald Trump was supposed to be uplifting, but instead appeared to have lifted lines from First Lady Michelle Obama.
A portion of Melania’s address to the Republican National Convention, praising values and hard work, on Monday was eerily similar to the speech delivered by Obama at 2008’s Democratic National Convention.
“From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond; that you do what you say,” Trump said in Cleveland.
The phrase mirrors the lines Michelle Obama used to highlight the values she shared with then-Sen. Obama when he was nominated in Denver.
Read a fragment from Melania Trump’s speech:
“From a young age, my parents impressed on me, the values that you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond; that you do what you say and keep your promise. That you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily life. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son and we need to pass those lessons to the many generations that follow. Because want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength to your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”
Read a fragment from Michelle Obama’s speech:
“And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: like, you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond; that 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 to pass them onto 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 hard for them.”
The Trump campaign offered no explanation for the stolen words in a statement issued early Tuesday. Instead, it showered her speech with praise.