Posted by Tyler Hustwick 1 year, 4 months ago

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The Trump campaign is making headlines yet again. But this time, it’s not about something The Donald said, but rather his wife, Melania Trump. 

On Monday evening, Melania Trump addressed the Republican National Convention as its keynote speaker. Instantly, the speech made waves, not because of its groundbreaking substance, but rather its egregious plagiarism of a speech given by Michelle Obama in 2008.

Today, the Trump campaign provided it’s sacrificial lamb, one Meredith McIver. However, the written apology, issued on a Trump Organization letterhead, wasn’t your traditional, “I goofed up, my bad” confession. Take a look at the following excerpt:

“In working with Melania Trump on her recent First Lady speech, we discussed many people who inspired her and messages she wanted to share with the American people. A person she has always liked is Michelle Obama. Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama’s speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech. I did not check Mrs. Obama’s speeches. This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos that I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama.”

What's most baffling about this apology, isn't that McIver (an accredited author on several of Donald Trump’s books) failed to follow the most basic rules of writing, or even that she knowingly lifted from Michelle Obama’s speech, but instead that Melania Trump was fully aware she was speaking Obama’s words.

However, even in the face of such embarrassment, Mr. Trump has not lost sight of the true essence of his campaign; as displayed in the following tweet: 

While it’s unfortunate that some will fail to hold the Trump campaign accountable for yet another colossal misstep, let this be a lesson to students, brands and writers everywhere: use your own words. We all take inspiration from others, but do yourself (and your reputation) a favor and use that influence to make something truly special of your own. 

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