On Monday night at the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump delivered what was arguably one of the most uplifting speeches of the day. Compared to what was said by most of the other speakers, her speech sent a decidedly optimistic and inclusive message.
But there's just one thing: It looks like Melania plagiarized her speech from Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
The similarities are impossible to deny.
Check out this segment of Melania Trump's speech from Monday night:
My parents impressed on me the values: that you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise. That you treat people with respect. They taught me to show the values and morals in my daily life. That is the lesson that I continue to pass along to our son. And we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.
And now read this passage from Michelle Obama's speech in 2008:
And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and 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 pass them on to 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 for them.
If you're still not convinced, check out this video, which really highlights how close the two speeches are, breaking it down line-by-line:
Interestingly, Melania said she wrote the speech with "as little help as possible."
But it sure seems like she got a whole lot of help from the first lady, without her permission.
A lot of people are stunned.
Will this hurt Trump's campaign?
It's hard to say at this point. But given he's been caught in blatant lies throughout this election cycle, and still remains in the race, it seems unlikely.
In fact, the media's uproar about this might only serve to strengthen Trump's claims that the liberal media is simply biased against him, and will say and do whatever to discredit him.
Simply put, Trump's lies just haven't mattered. They haven't hurt him during this election.
This man just gets away with things that other candidates could never do.
Unsurprisingly, Trump's campaign denies there was any plagiarism.
But any reasonable person can see Melania Trump's speech has far too many similarities to Michelle Obama's.
This debacle has sparked a new trend: #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes.
People are pulling famous quotes and pretending Melania said them.
This has definitely been one of the strangest and saddest elections in recent memory, and perhaps ever. Is it November yet?