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Melania Trump’s Speech Was Basically A Shitty Rip Off of Michelle Obama’s 2008 Speech

She was supposed to teach us something about her husband, not plagiarizing black women.

Melania Trump, the Slovenian immigrant wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, gave a speech last night to kick off the first day of the Republican National Convention. Her goal was to “humanize” or “soften” her husband, to sway the skeptics about his character and integrity, to give us an intimate guided tour into “the man” behind “the asshole.”

She failed.

The task was too daunting and impossible, I suppose. Perhaps, this is why she turned to her speechwriters, Copy and Paste — thank you for that one Twitter — who in turn suggested that she generously borrow a few “common words” from the speech Michelle Obama delivered at the 2008 DNC.

And, borrow she did.

Take a look at this passage from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech.


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.

Now, compare it with Mrs. Trump’s “common words.”


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, that 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 life. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to or 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 is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.

A pretty, shitty hot mess, isn’t it?

Plus, it goes without saying that Mrs. Obama did it way better. And, that’s coming from a person who has never been on the Obama bandwagon.

It’s weird enough that Melania Trump’s delivery of the denouement of her speech, where the intent was to make a plug for something about people of color and unity, came off like a kept woman who for the first time in her life formed her lips to say the words African American, Hispanic, and poor.

However, calling everything linked to Obama “weak” and “un-American” is a key talking point of Donald Trump’s presidential bid. So, what in the H. E. double hockey sticks are we to make of this other than another instance of a white power broker and his white ethnic wife getting their Columbus on?


Antwan is an educator, cultural critic, actor, and writer for Wear Your Voice Mag (WYV), where he focuses on the dynamics of class, race, gender, politics, and pop culture. Prior to joining the team at WYV, he was an adjunct professor in the African American Studies Department at Valdosta State University in southern Georgia, where he taught African American Literature. He has traveled the U.S. and U.K. showcasing a fifty-five minute, one-person play titled Whitewash, which focuses on the state of black men in the post-civil rights era. Antwan received his B.A. in English and Literature from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and M.A. in African American Studies from University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and NAACP theater nominee.

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