The only problem? As the Rude Pundit points out, Trump’s online guidelines weren’t part of a novel campaign spearheaded by a first lady who’s carving her own path in the East Wing. Instead, Melania Trump appears to have cribbed the guidelines from an FTC pamphlet published under her husband’s predecessor, Barack Obama.
Fun fact: The White House trumpets “Talking with Kids about Being Online" as "a booklet by First Lady Melania Trump and the Federal Trade Commission." Except for an intro, it's exactly the same thing Obama's FTC put out. pic.twitter.com/AEf6F0gBbt
— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) May 7, 2018
The incident recalls Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention speech in July 2016, during which the former model appeared to borrow a portion of her speech from former first lady Michelle Obama.
The sections on sexting are identical in both versions (including defining it and suggesting that parents tell their kids not to sext because they could be breaking the law). But I just freaking love that they changed the subhead.
— Sarah Mimms (@SarahMMimms) May 7, 2018
Leading a campaign against cyberbullying is a valiant cause, to be sure. Plagiarism is also up for grabs.
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