I watched Mrs. Trump's speech and thought it was just about perfect. Then, after Senator Joni Ernst spoke, I finished cleaning up the kitchen and flipped the channel over the the Angels-Rangers game on Fox Sports West. I'm on my iPhone of course, on the Twitter app, and in almost real time Mrs. Trump was being accused of plagiarizing Michelle Obama's speech from the 2008 Democrat Convention. I don't even think I watched Michelle Obama in 2008, much less Obama. But this dude on Twitter, Jerrett Hill, tweeted the evidence, along with video clips. And it looked damning. Now pretty much the entire MSM is on the case and the question is how bad will it be for the Trump campaign?
My theory is that Mrs. Trump is innocent of plagiarism and Donald Trump's going to be saying "You're fired!" to somebody pretty quick. But who's the speechwriter? We don't know yet, or at least I haven't seen anyone identified so far.
In any case, here's some stuff from Twitter:
Jeffrey Lord, huge Trump backer, says on CNN that "this is a serious thing" re the Melania Trump speech.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 19, 2016
It's very serious. The Donald will defend his wife and attack the MSM. This kind of thing could end up helping him. https://t.co/EXBoP5SNRQ— Donald Douglas (@AmPowerBlog) July 19, 2016
they couldn't have ripped off Ann Romney or Cindy McCain instead?— Michael Crowley (@michaelcrowley) July 19, 2016
Honestly feel a little bad for Melania, who likely had no idea the speech was plagiarized.— Alex Parker (@AlexParkerDC) July 19, 2016
Expect "but Joe Biden" to be the phrase of the day tomorrow— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) July 19, 2016
Person close to Trump is blaming Paul Manafort for "approving speeches," says excellently sourced @costareports on MSNBC— Marc Ambinder (@marcambinder) July 19, 2016
Never seen another campaign where these internecine attacks get launched so fast - or picked up so uncritically https://t.co/SgCGGUeGJ0— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) July 19, 2016
Trump's "very proud" of Melania, but was her speech very plagiarized? https://t.co/2C7bnbnN2j— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 19, 2016