If parts of Melania Trump’s speech Monday night sounded familiar, it might be because the wording she used was nearly identical to a speech given in 2008 by another would-be first lady: Michelle Obama.
Melania Trump said Monday:
From a young age, 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 and showed me values and morals in their daily lives. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son.
Michelle Obama said in 2008:
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.
Trump said Monday:
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. Michelle Obama said in 2008:
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. She said earlier in the day on NBC’s “Today” show that she had little help in writing the remarks, although Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort told CNN on Tuesday that she worked with speechwriters and that nothing was stolen.
Overall, Melania Trump used her speech at to emphasize her husband’s loyalty to friends and family while reminding the GOP he would serve as a fierce leader.
“If you want someone to fight for you and your country, I can assure you, he’s the guy,” she told convention delegates on Monday who are expected to name the businessman their nominee for president.
Trump, himself made his first appearance at the Cleveland convention on the first night of festivities, walking on stage to introduce his wife with sounds of the 70s Queen anthem “We are the Champions” filling the arena.
Melania Trump also took the opportunity to tamp down what some say is her husband’s rough rhetoric by saying Trump would represent all Americans no matter their gender, race or religion.
“Donald intends to represent all of the people, not just some of the people,” she said.
“Yes, Donald thinks big, which is especially important when considering the presidency of the United States,” she said. “No room for small thinking.”
She also talked about her life growing up in Slovenia, moving to Paris and Milan then ultimately New York. She called becoming a U.S. citizen in 2006 “the greatest privilege on planet earth.”
“I’m fortunate for my heritage but also where it bought me today,” she said.
As first lady, Melania Trump said she would focus on providing opportunities for women and improving education for children.