Folks are still talking about Melania trump ripping off some of the First Lady's speech.
At first you wouldn't think it's such a big deal. I mean who among us hasn't taken some liberties with the inspirational words of others? If you write enough, or engage in enough public speaking , it's easy for the P bug to come and bite you in the ass. I mean sometimes you just forget to give proper credit where it's due without thinking about it.
The president did it with Duval Patrick's speech, and Joe Biden among others have also ripped off the writing of others without properly attributing it. (Although in the case of Obama and Biden they were borrowing lines from ideological soul-mates)
The thing that makes the Melania plagiarism scandal so bad is how the campaign has been reacting to it after the fact. Instead of just making a statement to the effect that she did take some words from the First lady's speech because regardless of their political differences she has had similar inspirations, sadly, they choose to deny the obvious and look like bigger fools because of it. They have in essence kept a news story going that should have had a very short life span.
Now, as it turns out, the story is getting even weirder.
"A new report is providing some insight into how Melania Trump ended up reading a speech featuring a paragraph that plagiarized Michelle Obama.
NBC News’ Hallie Jackson reported on MSNBC tonight that Matthew Scully was brought on to write her speech for her, and “the draft submitted by Scully shows none of the portions in question.”
So, basically, the passage in question was added after the draft was submitted."
I guess now they can't throw the speech writer under the bus. But they have to do something; this scrutiny on Mrs. trump is not a good thing. There might be all kinds of things about the former beauty queen that I am sure the campaign would rather the rest of us don't find out about. If that's the case, the sooner they put this one to rest and come clean, the better.
*Pic from twitter.com