Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort has come out and denied any allegations that Melania Trump plagiarized last night’s convention speech from Michelle Obama’s in 2008. Manafort claimed this allegation is “absurd.”
“To say that she lifted any words from anybody is absurd,” Manafort told ABC News’ Tom Llamas. “Her speech last night was a very poignant presentation of her becoming an American citizen, falling in love with a man that she wanted to talk about.”
Manafort told Llamas that Melania was aware she was giving an extremely high-profile and publicized speech, and to use parts from Michelle Obama’s 2008 address would make no sense at all.
“Melania Trump understood very well that her speech was going to be viewed by over 35 million Americans,” Manafort said.
Manafort also went on to suggest that Hillary Clinton was provoking the plagiarism allegations.
“This is once again an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton how she seeks out to demean her and take her down,” Manafort told CNN. “It’s not going to work.”
The Trump campaign then released a statement after the allegations of plagiarism emerged.
The Statement by Jason Miller the Senior Communications Advisor said, “In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.”