I really tried to watch some of the coverage of the Republican National Convention on Monday. But between Rudolph Giuliani screaming like an attack dog foaming from the mouth, African Americans handpicked like pawns to decry the Black Lives Matter Movement in front of an otherwise universal white crowd, and other speakers who essentially painted all undocumented immigrants as murderers, I just couldn’t take it anymore.
It boggles my mind that there is not just a group of people — but an entire political party — that is so out of touch with reality.
Never mind that they adopted one of the most extreme ideological platforms in a century — one that forbids abortion even in circumstances surrounding rape or women’s health; one that denies even basic civil rights to gays and transgenders; and one that rejects the need for stronger gun control.
Also never mind that the party (predictably) hires exclusively white interns.
And never mind that Donald freaking Trump is their standard bearer.
What instead caught media and mainstream attention following last night’s circus was the presumptive nominee’s wife, Melania Trump, delivering a speech that uncannily resembled one given by Michelle Obama eight years earlier.
Immediately following night one of the convention, Melania Trump was being lauded as one of the high points of the evening. She spoke clearly and concisely, and even had some pundits wondering where her husband has been hiding her the past year while on the campaign trail.
And then a laid-off journalist in a coffee shop broke the story.
Comparing transcripts of Melania’s speech to Michelle Obama’s shows that parts of the speeches are nearly exactly the same. So much so that it can’t possibly be a coincidence.
Methinks that a Trump speechwriter thought no one would notice if he used a speech by the current First Lady as a basis for writing a new one. But never underestimate the keen investigative skills of journalists. Especially ones that are laid off and desperate for work.
Additionally, we teach college students that plagiarism is pretty much the worst academic mistake you could ever make. Universities usually have a one-strike policy for such offenses.
And it also doesn’t help when an idiotic campaign spokeswoman shoves aside the clear cut evidence by saying that “Michelle Obama did not invent the English language.”
So it’s bad. Is it a scandal? Sure. But is it political suicide? No.
It will, however, make for an endless amount of jokes. Like this one, which is a transcript of Melania Trump’s next speech:
“Four score and seven years ago. I have a dream, that it is not what you can do for your country, because I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free.”
That was posted by a Facebook friend of mine. I unfortunately cannot take credit.
Ah, and this was after just one day of the first political convention.
The fun is only beginning.