Sources from the Donald Trump campaign told NBC News reporter Katy Tur that there is an uproar over accusations that Melania Trump’s much-anticipated speech on Monday night was plagiarized from a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2008. The Trump camp has been scrambling to explain similarities between the two speeches, going so far as to blame Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Tur, who has been covering the Trump campaign, said that Melania didn’t want to do the speech in the first place, but in the end was brought on board to try and humanize the bombastic candidate.
However, the Slovenian-born former top-model rushed to explain herself in an exclusive interview with none other than NBC News itself. “First of all, let me say that it’s not easy being married to a presidential candidate, let alone a Republican one,” Trump’s wife said. “But, every marriage has its obstacles and being supportive 24/7 is one of the most difficult ones. This is something I did not because I want to become First Lady, but because I love my husband and I’ve got his back all the time.”
She then continued to shift her rhetoric from explaining her role as Donald Trump’s wife to attacking none other than the current First Lady Michelle Obama – something she obviously picked up from her sharp-tongued husband. “But allow me to also say that I did not in any way, shape or form plagiarize anyone’s speech. The words that came out of my mouth during the address in question were pre-written, but were written from the heart. Any similarities with other speeches are accidental and completely unintentional,” she said.
“In fact, it’s easy to be labeled a plagiarizer when everything you want to say has already been said by someone else,” Melania Trump added. “If anyone should be upset the speech sounded similar to Michelle Obama’s, it should be me. Because, Michelle Obama intentionally and purposely hogged all the good stuff for herself and put in in her speeches. There isn’t an ounce of the good stuff left for the rest of us. And she did it on purpose to inflict damage on any other woman that ever wants to become First Lady.”
“I should be the one complaining about Michelle Obama monopolizing political speeches in this country. And given the fact that this is a country where the law is the highest instrument of justice, I would imagine someone at some point had enacted legislation that would regulate this kind of shameful plagiarizing, even if it was committed by the acting First Lady,” Trump’s wife also said. “I speak from the heart, try to deliver a good message to people, and this is what I get? I don’t care if she is the First Lady, she needs to answer for what she’s done.”
The Republican presidential candidate’s wife also argued that she “wasn’t aware it was okay to monopolize the presidency of the country,” along with that, if it is, “my husband should then have plenty of fun when he wins the election in November.” “You know, I came to this country to start a new life, as most people do. But now, I’m wondering if I made the right choice coming here. Maybe I should have taken my good-looking genes elsewhere,” she concluded.