Wow. I followed today’s Republican National Convention speeches on and off, and happened to see the speech Mrs.Trump (Melania) made. Kudos to her, she did well, was the immediate consensus from the panel of pundits, but a little later, a bombshell. There is no question that key parts of the speech were plagiarized. Says Ezra Klein on vox.com : For one thing, she or her speechwriter appear to have cribbed a whole paragraph from Michelle Obama’s Democratic Convention speech in 2008. For another, she and/ or her speechwriter included a full-on Rickroll. What is a Rickroll, I wondered? Well, Wikipedia to the rescue. ‘Rickrolling is a prank and an Internet meme involving an unexpected appearance of the music video or lyrics for the 1987 Rick Astley song “Never Gonna Give You Up”.
Melania’s speech had the words in ‘he will never, ever give up and most importantly, he will never ever let you down’. The Trump campaign surely has some damage control to do – and a speech writer to fire.