Melania Trump

Capitol Ink | The Exact Same Joke

“If I write a good joke in July that puts words in Donald Trump's mouth and then draw it up in a cartoon, everybody loves it. It's fantastic. They think it's absolutely great. Donald Trump tells the exact same joke in October and people get on his case, and I don't get it! I don't know why. It wasn't his fault those words came out of his mouth.”

Ivanka's Spotlight Masks Dearth of Female Leaders at the Podium
Some of the GOP's most prominent elected women passed on Cleveland

Ivanka Trump, daughter of presidential candidate Donald Trump, nominates him on behalf of New York State. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

CLEVELAND — Introducing her father Thursday night at the Republican National Convention, Ivanka Trump stood out as one of the most high-profile women to grace the stage at the Quicken Loans Arena this week. 

She was also the most emphatic in calling for wage equality for women and affordable child care. "I know how hard it is to work while raising a family, and I also know I am far more fortunate than most," said Trump, 34, who is both an executive in her father's company and the mother of three small children. "American families with children need relief."

Eric Trump: Vote For the Candidate Who Doesn't Need the Job
Republican nominee's son touts dad's experience, love for country

Eric Trump, Donald Trump's youngest son, speaks during a malfunction in the video display at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The night after two of Donald Trump’s children reassured conservatives he shared their interests, a third took to the stage to explain just why his father was seeking "the most powerful and unforgiving office in the world."  

[ Trump's Children Work to Humanize Him ]  

Donald Trump Jr. Speechwriter Cribbed Himself
Passage in speech had similarities to magazine article

Donald Trump Jr.'s speech to the Republican National Convention generally got good reviews — except for that one part. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A day after Melania Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention was overshadowed by plagiarism allegations , Donald Trump Jr.'s address in Cleveland Tuesday also echoed some previously used language.  

But Trump Jr.'s issue is different from Melania's.

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Melania and Michelle: Sisters in the American Dream
Expropriating first lady's words shows America may not be so divided

Michelle Obama, seen here at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, has much in common with first lady hopeful Melania Trump, more than many Donald Trump supporters realize, writes Mary C. Curtis. (Roll Call file photo)

It is embarrassing that portions of Melania Trump’s opening night speech repeated not only the themes but the very words spoken by Michelle Obama in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention — not, however, for the reason most would think. (Though you should expect at least one sloppy speechwriter’s head to roll.) No, the real reason the campaign’s public gaffe stings is that it contradicts the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s message that America is a “divided crime scene .”  

If the African-American first lady whose journey took her from the South Side of Chicago to Princeton to Harvard Law and the White House and the Slovenian-American immigrant , model/designer and perhaps future first lady have so much in common, that means the Trump candidacy has little reason to exist. We don’t need a “law and order” candidate to get us in shape. Maybe we aren’t at each other’s throats after all.  

Melania Trump's Speech Wasn't a Crime. But What About the Cover-Up?
Lies and conspiracy theories should worry all voters

The way the Trump campaign led by chairman Paul Manafort has handled the plagiarism accusations against Melania Trump's convention speech should concern all voters, writes Patricia Murphy. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND — The fact that Melania Trump's convention speech was partially lifted from one that Michelle Obama gave in 2008 is embarrassing, but mistakes, even big ones, happen on inexperienced, understaffed campaigns like Trump's.  

Eric Schnure, a former speechwriter for Al Gore, said that the first step for a major address like Mrs. Trump's would be a review of other spouse's previous speeches. But Schnure, who also teaches speechwriting at American University and Johns Hopkins, said any student who turned in an assignment with the same level of duplication would likely be suspended for plagiarism.  

Trump Campaign's Melania Speech Defense Made Things Worse
Plagiarism denials invite criticism of "horrific staff work"

This wasn't the reaction presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and his wife Melania expected when they left the stage Monday night. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump's advisers and surrogates stuck to their defense of Melania Trump in numerous television appearances Tuesday, insisting that similarities between her Republican National Convention opening night speech and one delivered in 2008 by Michelle Obama were purely coincidental.  

But the denials served only to cause the ripple of criticism over the plagiarism allegations to grow into a wave.  

Melania Appropriates Michelle's Words as GOP Borrows Dem-Style Emotion
A grieving mother and other gut-punchers are center stage on Day 1 of Donald Trump's RNC

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump points to his wife Melania following her speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The undisputed lowlight of the first night of the Republican National Convention was Melania Trump’s overt and initially dumbfounding plagiarism of Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the convention that nominated her husband.  

Homage? No, I think we can safely rule that out. Given that there was zero chance that this appropriation would go unnoticed , we might next wonder if the speechwriter had booby-trapped her prime time moment. Except, isn't her husband a careful monitor of the words she said she wrote herself? He has signed off personally on every speaker at the convention, I’m told, so he would hardly let his wife's address come as a surprise.