As the Republican National Convention kicks off, presumptive nominee and New York businessman Donald Trump, is dominating media headlines. Trump’s twitter account has been the source of his information sharing and often controversial statements.
Trump started off the first day of the convention on a positive note, tweeting, “Looking forward to being at the convention tonight to watch all of the wonderful speakers including my wife, Melania. Place looks beautiful!”
Monday night was not Trump’s night, he only spoke for a brief moment. The spotlight was on his wife Melania Trump, in her most important speaking role to date. Melania’s speech discussed her husband’s personal character. Less than an hour after her speech many were quick to point out the obvious similarities between her speech and Michelle Obama’s speech from the 2008 Democratic National Convention. NBC’s Today Show produced a segment for its morning show and posted a video on YouTube and its website outlining the very close similarities of the speeches.
Former Secretary of State and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton chose not to attack Donald Trump’s wife about the controversial speech similarities. She posted a picture about ignorance in politics instead.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 19, 2016
Twitter was flooded with people making fun of the controversy, comparing the intellect of the potential first lady Melania with Michelle Obama. There were some who defended her. #MelaniaTrump and #Melaniaspeech were among the many hastags trending on the topic.
— Nicole Jade ♊️☯ (@faithandhope26) July 19, 2016
— Melissa (@Sweetatertot) July 19, 2016
— sara mcconnell (@smc752) July 19, 2016
#MelaniaSpeech wasn't her fault. I give the woman who's not a professional speaker props for even doing it. Whoever plagiarized is at fault
— Josie Davis (@JosieDavis) July 19, 2016
Trump made no comment on Melania’s alleged plagiarism via Twitter, saying, “It was truly an honor to introduce my wife Melania. Her speech and demeanor were absolutely incredible. Very proud! #GOPConvention.” Tuesday night Trump’s children, Donald Trump Jr. and Tiffany Trump, as well as several of his employees are scheduled to speak.