‘That Your Word Is Your Bond…’
Melania Trump’s speech to the Republican National Convention Monday night was praised by many as the highlight of the entire first day’s events, but that may be because a portion of it was lifted almost verbatim from a speech delivered by Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Shortly after Trump left the stage with her husband, the presumptive GOP nominee, journalist Jarrett Hill wrote on Twitter, “Melania stole a whole graph from Michelle’s speech.”
Here’s the portion in question of Melania Trump’s speech:
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 me to show the values and morals in my daily life. That is the 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.
And here’s the section of Michelle Obama’s speech:
And 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 â€” and all children in this nation â€” 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.
The mainstream media and others quickly picked up on the theft.
Those sections of both speeches can be seen above in an MSNBC segment, or below in a composite. Upon the news breaking, Washington Post reporter Robert Costa told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on air that the Trump campaign was furiousÂ â€“ not with the fact the speech was plagiarized, but with the media for reporting it.
So that’s pretty blatant, right? pic.twitter.com/EPnHME7afV
â€” Mike Hearn (@mikehearn) July 19, 2016
â€” Ben N. Petersen (@BenNPetersen) July 19, 2016
Some responses via Twitter:
Wife of guy who thinks Obamaâ€™s birth certificate was forged steals from speech by Obamaâ€™s wife.
â€” Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) July 19, 2016
â€” CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) July 19, 2016
â€” HillarysGotThis2016 (@VileEpiphany) July 19, 2016
â€” Presumptive Brauer (@allanbrauer) July 19, 2016
“a campaign that feeds off of white grievance and resentment trying to profit from the work of a black woman” https://t.co/nXCWATpuwA
â€” southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) July 19, 2016
â€” Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) July 19, 2016
â€” Barbershop Politics (@knowpoliticsnow) July 19, 2016
Whether Melania knew the text was plagiarized or not, devastating to see a campaign premised on Obama â€œincompetence” stealing from Michelle.
â€” Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) July 19, 2016
Worst irony- part of Melania speech plagiarized from MichelleObama was about integrity-about your word being a bond https://t.co/2uCAca7UET
â€” HawaiiDelilah (@HawaiiDelilah) July 19, 2016
That time you plagiarized a speech about hard work and honesty https://t.co/8eKFibRcL4
â€” Paul Blumenthal (@PaulBlu) July 19, 2016
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Watch: Merrick Garland Calls Trump’s Bluff, Strikes Back at MAGA World’s False Claims in Mar-a-Lago Raid
Attorney General Merrick Garland in an exceptionally rare public statement told the American people Thursday afternoon that he personally approved the search warrant used to enter Mar-a-Lago and confiscate the 10 to 12 cartons of federal government property, which reportedly included classified documents. He also called Donald Trump’s bluff, announcing he has asked a federal court to unseal the search warrant, which will allow the public to know what laws DOJ believes he has violated.
Noting that Donald Trump made public the raid on Mar-a-Lago and the Dept. of Justice did not, Garland cited “the substantial public interest in this matter,” in announcing his move to have the documents unsealed.
“The department did not make any public statements on the day of the search,” Garland stated. “The former president publicly confirmed the search that evening, as is his right. Copies of both the warrant and the FBI property receipt were provided on the day of the search to the former president’s counsel, who was on site during the search.”
That statement refutes the false claims made by many on the right that FBI agents refused to hand over the search warrant or inventory list.
“The search warrant was authorized by a federal court upon the required finding of probable cause, the property receipt is a document that federal law requires law enforcement agents to leave with the property owner,” he added, making clear that a federal judge did agree there was probably cause to execute a search.
“Faithful adherence to the rule of law is the bedrock principle of the Justice Department and of our democracy. upholding the rule of law means applying the law evenly, without fear or favor, under my watch that is precisely what the Justice Department is doing. All Americans are entitled to the even handed application of the law, to due process of the law and to the presumption of innocence.”
“I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter,” Garland announced, which was largely assumed.
Merrick Garland: “First, I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter. Second, the department does not take such a decision lightly.” pic.twitter.com/q6h0BbNBrY
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) August 11, 2022
Garland also responded to the growing chorus of far right wing extremists, pundits, and even and GOP lawmakers who are attacking DOJ.
“Let me address recent unfounded attacks on the professionalism of the FBI and Justice Department agents and prosecutors. I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked. The men and women of the FBI and the Justice Department are dedicated, patriotic public servants every day. They protect the American people from violent crime, terrorism and other threats to their safety, while safeguarding our civil rights. They do so at great personal sacrifice and risk to themselves. I am honored to work alongside them. This is all I can say right now.”
Watch Live: Attorney General Merrick Garland to Make a Statement This Afternoon
Attorney General Merrick Garland will deliver a statement Thursday afternoon at 2;30 PM ET, the Dept. of Justice has announced.
The subject of his address was not included. A gunman threatened and attacked an FBI Field Office in Ohio earlier Thursday, and the far right and Republicans have been outraged over the execution of a search warrant by the FBI Monday at Mar-a-Lago, which resulted in the confiscation of classified materials and federal government property.
Watch live below.
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Nearly Half the Country Supports FBI Mar-a-Lago Search – Only Republicans Are Opposed, New Poll Shows
Americans on the right are so outraged the FBI, having probable cause and a federal judge’s signature on a legal and valid search warrant, showed up at Mar-a-Lago Monday to confiscate what we now know were between ten and 12 cartons of federal government property, including classified documents.
Trump supporters upon hearing the news almost immediately began calling for civil war, with right wing media including Fox News and other far right outlets reinforcing those attacks.
But a brand new poll just released finds that, as with most issues, Republicans stand alone in their opposition and outrage.
“Just about half of registered voters approve of the FBI search of Trump’s Florida compound,” reveals Politico’s Morning Consult polling, published Thursday afternoon.
Specifically, 49 percent of registered voters support the raid. 37 percent, slightly more than one-third, oppose it, and 13% don’t know.
But the political breakdown reveals what many would expect.
84% of Democrats support the FBI’s execution of the search warrant on the former president’s home.
47% of independents also support the raid, with just 33% opposed.
But a whopping 72% of Republicans are opposed to the FBI’s actions, and just 15% are in support.
The Morning Consult poll also finds that a “majority of voters believe Trump either ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ broke the law while he was president.”
That includes 90% of Democrats, 59% of independents, and 24% of Republicans.
We’ve got an exclusive snap poll with Morning Consult that was conducted on Wednesday with some early reaction to the FBI’s search of DONALD TRUMP’s Mar-a-Lago compound. See the findings in today’s Playbook PM: https://t.co/WG3q4dEL7X pic.twitter.com/HS57ErPw9q
— POLITICO Playbook (@playbookdc) August 11, 2022
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