Yesterday's speech by Melania Trump at the Republican National Convention has come under scrutiny for bearing more than a striking similarity to Michelle Obama's Democratic convention speech in 2008, and Twitter is proving some serious laughs as a result.
Donald Trump's wife spoke about the values her parents instilled in her, and her plans to pass those lessons on to the next generation.
The Slovenian-born former model told NBC News that she wrote most of it herself, but it wasn't long before the internet called shenanigans and she was being called out for allegedly plagiarising a speech made by the First Lady eight years ago.
Melania Trump said in her speech:
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. 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 to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them."
While Michelle Obama said previously:
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.”
Her speech also appears to include a 'Rickroll' in other words the deliberate insertion of lyrics from Rick Astley's famous hit, leading some to wonder if the whole thing wasn't in fact an act of sabotage by a crafty speechwriter.
"He will never, ever give you up. And most importantly he will never, ever let you down," she said.
Of course, this is the kind of topic that brings out the best in Twitter and already there have been scores of videos comparing the speeches side by side
.@MikeHearn put Melania and Michelle’s convention speeches side-by-side pic.twitter.com/nFknidrWTf— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) July 19, 2016
And then there's the slagging. The #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes hashtag has been going into overdrive and people haven't been holding back. Here's our favourites.
Thank God #Melania didn't go with her original opening tonight: "Hi, my name is Michelle Obama..."— Josh Gad (@joshgad) July 19, 2016
when the RNC realizes it was wildly applauding lines from a Michelle Obama speech pic.twitter.com/rojL1PWdiN— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) July 19, 2016
It's not just that they plagiarized Michelle Obama's speech; they plagiarize the section on honesty, character, and integrity.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) July 19, 2016
Does anyone have the number for Michelle Obama's stylist? Asking for Melania Trump please.— victor ehikhamenor (@victorsozaboy) July 19, 2016
#FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes My name is Melania Trump and I'm going to make Michelle Obama's speech great again!— Hikashuri (@Hikashuri) July 19, 2016
"Work, work, work, work, work, work— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 19, 2016
He say me have to
Work, work, work, work, work, work!" #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
"They may take our lives, but they'll never take...OUR FREEDOM!!"#FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes— RJ Aguiar (@rj4gui4r) July 19, 2016
"I'd like to thank two of my speech writers, Copy and Paste, for their help in preparing my remarks" #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes— Jim Stilwell (@JimmyHack) July 19, 2016
"Dude, even Vanilla Ice changed the beat just a little." 😂😂😂 #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes pic.twitter.com/60KlH0oa1N— Ghazala Irshad (@ghazalairshad) July 19, 2016
"I want to be excluded from this narrative"-#FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes— jamilah lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) July 19, 2016