Melania Trump’s Republican Convention speech on Monday was extremely well received, but it quickly became overshadowed when it came out that it contained two passages that match nearly word-for-word the speech that First Lady Michelle Obama delivered in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention.
A Republican operative familiar with how the campaign was handling the speeches said a number of senior aides had a role, edited Melania’s speech, suggested changes and provided guidance.
The passages in question focus on lessons that Donald Trump‘s wife says she learned from her parents and the relevance of their lessons in her experience as a mother. They came near the beginning of her roughly 10-minute speech. Mrs. Trump’s address was otherwise distinct from the address that Mrs. Obama gave when then-Sen. Barack Obama was being nominated for president.
Trump’s campaign had no immediate reaction when asked about the similarities in the two speeches. White House officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Monday evening.
You can be sure that Donald Trump will turn this to his advantage in some form as the American public continually forgives him all his trespasses…and there have been many.
Below are the two speeches to compare:
Here is Melania Trump, on Monday:
And here is Obama, on August 25, 2008:
The ghostwriter of Donald Trump’s bestselling 1987 memoir “The Art of the Deal” says he regrets his role in creating the image of Trump as a successful deal maker – the foundation of his presidential campaign.
Tony Schwartz tells The New Yorker magazine that he fears a Trump presidency and feels remorse for making Trump “more appealing than he is.”
Schwartz says he feels he sold out on his former career as a journalist when he agreed to share Trump’s half-million-dollar advance to write the book.
“The Art of the Deal” led to Trump’s starring role in TV’s “The Apprentice.”
Schwartz says he “put lipstick on a pig” in his portrayal of Trump. He says he turned down an offer from Trump to write a sequel.
Hillary Clinton says the controversy surrounding her use of a private email server for official communications while secretary of state taught her a major lesson in gaining public trust.
Speaking to Charlie Rose in an interview aired late Monday on PBS, Clinton said she is “the last person you will have to worry about ever not being 100 percent as specific and precise.” She says she hopes “nobody ever raises any questions like that ever again.”
A yearlong FBI investigation revealed this month that her private email server did carry classified emails, contrary to her past statements. And it made clear that Clinton used many devices to send and receive email.
Clinton asserted that many government officials had done the same thing, but now that the rules have “been clarified, we will all be able to understand them better.”
Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana is bringing the first night of the Republican National Convention to a close.
Zinke – a former Navy SEAL – was part of the Republican National Convention’s tribute to the military. Also emphasized was Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to “Make America Safe Again.”
Zinke is blaming Democrat Hillary Clinton – a former secretary of state – for many of the country’s security challenges. He says that in a Donald Trump administration, “If we go to war, we’ll go to war to win.”
The congressman spoke to a largely empty hall as the program ran late and most of the crowd left after Melania Trump’s speech.
The evening ended with a benediction from a pastor in Florida.
As the political world focuses on the Republican National Convention, Democrat Hillary Clinton is criticizing Donald Trump for what she says is his “dangerous, reckless approach” to the presidency.
She says in a CBS interview that Trump has “no self-discipline, no self-control, no sense of history, no understanding of the limits of the kind of power that any president should impose upon himself.”
Clinton is trying to make the case that Trump is offering “simplistic, easy answers” that appeal to people who are anxious and fearful.
Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst is a rising star in the Republican Party, and on Monday night, she delivered a tribute to veterans at the GOP national convention in Cleveland.
Ernst and Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana were joined on the stage by nearly a dozen former members of the military.
Ernst had Democrat Hillary Clinton in mind when she said the country can’t afford four more years of what the senator calls a “lack of leadership.”
Donald Trump’s running mate – Mike Pence – is entertaining a steady stream of high-profile visitors in the VIP box during the first evening of the Republican convention.
The Indiana governor doesn’t give his speech until Wednesday but is in the audience for the opening night. Pence is joined by former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, who lost to President Bill Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort stopped by for a chat with Pence and Dole. Two of Trump’s children, Tiffany and Donald Jr., also were on hand during the evening.
The VIP section is just next to where a Code Pink protester caused a brief commotion when she tried to roll out a banner.
Melania Trump isn’t the last speaker of the night at the Republican National Convention, but she’s certainly proving to be a tough act to follow.
Donald Trump’s wife drew loud ovations for her speech Monday night at the convention in Cleveland – and when she walked off the stage with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
Many in the crowd also began to make their way to the exits, even though several speakers remained on the night’s program.
It’s a rare campaign appearance for Melania Trump – and she’s telling her life story to the crowd at the Republican National Committee.
She’s a former model who moved to the United States from Slovenia. She’s recounting how she became a U.S. citizen and she’s citing “the love in the Trump family.”
Melania Trump is the first of several of Donald Trump’s family members who are on the list of speakers at the Cleveland convention this week. Their appearances are an attempt to humanize the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
She has thanked the crowd for “the warm welcome” and said her husband was “moved by this great honor.”
Melania Trump says she and her husband “love America very much” and that she, more than anyone, knows what she’s calling the “the simple goodness” of her husband’s heart.
Donald Trump has arrived at the Republican National Convention that will nominate him for president of the United States.
Trump drew cheers as he took the stage to introduce his wife, Melania, before her remarks to the delegates.
The candidate made only brief comments, telling the crowd in Cleveland: “We’re going to win, we’re going to win so big.”
Trump is expected to return to Manhattan late Monday and then travel back to Cleveland Wednesday afternoon. He’s set to deliver his acceptance speech Thursday night to close out the convention.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has given a forceful defense of law enforcement at the Republican National Convention.
He’s gotten the biggest cheers of the night from the crowd of more than 2,000 delegates.
Giuliani has been critical of those who protest against police, including those involved with the group Black Lives Matter.
He says when police officers “come to save your life, they don’t ask if you are black and white, they just come to save you.”
He also called Donald Trump “a man with a big heart” who’s helped out their native New York City. He says Trump would anonymously help the families of police officers who were injured in the line of duty.
A lone protester from the liberal activist group Code Pink is attempting to disrupt the proceedings at the Republican National Convention.
A woman dressed in pink began shouting during a speech by Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions.
She tried to unfurl a pink banner, which other spectators tried to rip from her hands.
The protester was quickly surrounded by photographers. It took security several minutes to remove her from the audience.
The woman was shouting “end Mike Pence’s war on women” – Pence is the Indiana governor who’s Trump’s running mate.
Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton has a message for the military: “Help is on the way” if Donald Trump is president.
Cotton tells GOP convention delegates the U.S. “could not afford” four years of a Hillary Clinton administration.
The senator – who some believe will someday make his own White House run – was the latest in a line of speakers Monday night who hammering the theme that Trump will be the “law and order candidate” who will “make America safe again.”
Perhaps the fish weren’t biting.
Steve Daines is the Republican senator from Montana who said last week that he’d be on a fly fishing trip with his wife and would skip his party’s convention.
Now Daines has tweeted that he’s “heading to Cleveland in the morning.”
His office says Daines will join several other first-term Republican senators on stage Tuesday evening.
Just don’t expect Ben Sasse (sas) to be there. The freshman senator from Nebraska – one of Donald Trump’s biggest critics – tweeted from his child’s Little League game during the first night’s speeches.
The sheriff of Milwaukee County in Wisconsin has energized the crowd at the Republican National Convention by declaring, “Blue Lives Matter in this country.”
Sheriff David Clarke – a Donald Trump supporter – has made the night’s most explicit reference to the recent deaths of two black men at the hands of police officers and the slaying of officers in Texas and Louisiana.
Trump also addressed the Black Lives Matter movement in an interview that aired Monday night on Fox News Channel. He didn’t make a specific reference to that movement. But he said some activists “are essentially calling death to the police – that is not acceptable.”
A cousin of the American ambassador killed in Benghazi, Libya, is accusing Republicans of politicizing the diplomat’s death.
The envoy, Chris Stevens, was among four Americans who died in the attacks on the U.S. compound in 2012.
Stevens’ cousin, David Perry, posted a tweet just as speakers took the stage Monday night at the GOP convention to blame former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for what they say was lax security at the compound.
Perry says in his tweet that Stevens “loved Arabic, diplomacy, internationalism. I reject politicization of his death.”
Donald Trump is competing with his own convention as he previews his Thursday night speech accepting the Republican nomination for president.
Trump tells Fox News Channel that the speech it will be “relatively long” and will touch on national security and domestic policy.
The interview on Fox’s “The O’Reilly Factor” began as the mother of a State Department employee killed in Benghazi, Libya, was speaking on the Republican National Convention stage.
Trump says his convention speech will discuss a “major, major” tax cut, immigration, ditching burdensome regulations and taking care of veterans.
Trump also criticized Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who’s skipping the convention and hasn’t endorsed Trump.
Trump says Kasich should have attended “from the standpoint of honor.”
Delegates attending the first night of the Republican National Convention are eagerly anticipating a speech from Melania Trump – the wife of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
She rarely campaigns on behalf of her husband. But she’s the Monday night headliner at the convention in Cleveland.
Here’s what Steve King, an Iowa congressman says: “The whole world is watching. This is their first big look at her.”
He says it’s important to see “the success of the family unit working together.”
Saul Anuzis is a former chairman of Michigan’s Republican Party.
He says: “This is the first chance a lot of us are going to get to see, let’s call it the real Trump story.”
The mother of one of the four Americans killed in the siege on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, is taking on Hillary Clinton.
Pat Smith tells Republican delegates at their convention: “If Hillary Clinton can’t give us the truth, why should we give her the presidency?”
Smith’s son, Sean, was a State Department foreign service officer Sean Smith who died in the 2012 attack.
Pat Smith says she blames Clinton – who was secretary of state – “personally” for her son’s death.
The convention’s program Monday night had a strong focus on Benghazi – an issue that Republicans have pressed for years against Clinton, claiming her negligence contributed to the Americans’ death.
Delegates also saw a video and presentation about Benghazi.
The retired Navy SEAL at the heart of the book and movie “Lone Survivor” has drawn cheers and shouts of “thank you” from the crowd at the Republican National Convention.
Marcus Luttrell was introduced by former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Luttrell spoke about the need for the government to take better care of veterans when they return to the United States.
Luttrell praised Donald Trump’s commitment to the military. Luttrell also somewhat touched on the recent violence against police officers – telling delegates that the nation’s “next war is here.”
Luttrell co-wrote a book about a 2005 gun battle in Afghanistan – an incident that later was made in to a movie.
Television actor Scott Baio tells the Republican National Convention that “our country is in a very bad spot” and that “we need Donald Trump to fix this.”
Baio is the former star of “Charles in Charge” and “Happy Days. He said Monday at the convention in Cleveland that presumptive Republican nominee Trump isn’t “a messiah.” But Baio says Trump is someone he’d “trust with the lives of our family and the health of the country.”
The star of the TV show “Duck Dynasty” says the America needs “a president who would have our back,” and Willie Robertson says that’s Donald Trump.
Robertson was the first speaker Monday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. He tells the crowd of more than 2,000 delegates that that Trump is the candidate running for president who will best support the military and the nation’s police officers.
Robertson tossed in a little playful criticism of the news media on Monday night, hitting them “for missing the Trump train.” He joked that he and Trump had three things in common: they were successful businessmen, had hit television shows and had wives “more attractive than we are.”
The first night session of the Republican National Convention is underway in Cleveland.
The headliner is Melania Trump, the wife of presumptive nominee Donald Trump.
Donald Trump is expected to introduce his wife before she speaks.
A former top intelligence official says Donald Trump “recognizes the threats we face and is not afraid to call them what they are.”
Michael Flynn once led the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama and was thought to be on the short list of potential running mates for Trump.
Flynn is one of the scheduled speakers at the Republican National Convention on Monday night, and he says in prepared remarks that Obama has led with “bumbling indecisiveness.”
Flynn says Trump will help “restore America’s role as the undeniable and unquestioned world leader.”
The brother and sister of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry say Donald Trump is the only presidential candidate who’ll secure the border.
Terry was shot and killed in a remote stretch of desert in Arizona in December 2010.
Guns found at the scene were later traced to a failed gun-trafficking investigation led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Two men in the United States illegally have been convicted in Brian Terry’s death.
Kelly Terry-Willis and Kent Terry are among the scheduled speakers at the Republican National Convention on Monday night. They say in prepared remarks that Trump is serious about border security and will give border agents “the resources and support needed to do their jobs.”
The Terrys say: “President Trump will make America’s borders secure again.”
A car carrying some of Donald Trump’s campaign staff was involved in a minor accident on the way from Trump Tower in New York to LaGuardia Airport.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks says the staff car was traveling separately from Trump’s motorcade.
Trump wasn’t in the car involved in the accident, and Hicks says everyone is OK.
GOP officials say delegates from Maine, Minnesota and the District of Columbia pulled their names from petitions calling for a state-by-state roll call vote on the rules that’ll govern the Republican convention.
Anti-Donald Trump forces had collected enough signatures to force the roll call vote. But Trump supporters circulated a form enabling delegates to remove their names.
Delegates from Washington state also had submitted petitions calling for a full vote. Delegate Kevin Marks says the head of his state’s delegation, Susan Hutchison, tried to persuade delegates on the convention floor to remove their names by warning them they’d embarrass their state.
Democrats say some “everyday Americans” will speak at the party’s national convention next week.
The speakers include many people who Hillary Clinton met while campaigning. Others are involved in work that’s similar to the kind of advocacy Clinton once did as a young lawyer – and they will highlight her advocacy on behalf of children and families.
The group includes a survivor of the 9/11 attacks, a family impacted by opioid addiction, a home health aide involved in the fight for a $15 minimum wage and the daughter of the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut – – the scene of a mass shooting in 2012.
Who had the job of restoring order from the podium when the Republican National Convention was breaking into chaos?
It wasn’t House Speaker Paul Ryan or the party chairman, Reince Priebus (ryns PREE’-bus).
That responsibility fell to the presiding officer – an Arkansas congressman named Steve Womack. He may be little known outside his state or away from Capitol Hill.
Womack talked firmly over angry delegates on Monday, and he called for a voice vote on a rules package opposed by anti-Donald Trump forces. Womack then declared that the “aye” side had prevailed.
Womack is a leadership ally who’s part of the vote-counting whip team in the House. He’s a retired Army National Guard officer.
The Republican Party has adopted what Christian conservatives are cheering as the most conservative statement of party policy principles in recent memory.
The GOP national convention has approved language reaffirming the party’s opposition to gay marriage and bathroom choice for transgender people.
And there’s new language condemning same-sex parenting.
Here’s what it says: “Children raised in a traditional two-parent household tend to be physically and emotionally healthier, less likely to sue drugs and alcohol, engage in crime or become pregnant outside of marriage.”
The party’s platform represents the GOP’s formal policy positions for the next four years. The document serves as guidance for Republican leaders across the nation, but is not binding.
It took two votes, but delegates at the Republican National Convention were able to approve the rules that’ll govern the convention.
It was some scene.
The rules won approval in an initial voice vote, and then anti-Donald Trump delegates became raucous and started chanting, “Call the roll!”
Others drowned them out with chants of “USA!”
There was a brief break before Steve Womack – the Arkansas congressman who was chairing the proceedings – returned to the podium and called for a second voice vote.
He said for a second time that the rules had passed.
The anti-Trump delegates wanted a state-by-state roll call vote on the rules. That would have been a drawn-out process and could have exposed party divisions.
These delegates collected enough signatures on petitions to force a roll-call vote, but Trump supporters persuaded some delegates to remove their names.
Ending the dust-up was important to show at least a veneer of party unity behind Trump.