Politics

Trump: Media Cared More About Speech Than FBI Case

| by Nik Bonopartis

Republican nominee Donald Trump isn't happy with the way the media covered his wife's speech at the Republican National Convention.

"The media is spending more time doing a forensic analysis of Melania's speech than the FBI spent on Hillary's emails," Trump tweeted on July 20.

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The tweet had earned more than 124,000 likes and was retweeted more than 73,000 times in the seven-hour period after Trump sent the message. Responses ranged from the supportive -- including one user who posted an image alleging plagiarism on the part of several Democrats -- to the negative, with MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell among those bashing Trump.

"It seems your skills at firing people have been greatly exaggerated," O'Donnell quipped.

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Some observers accused Melania Trump of plagiarizing parts of a speech given by first lady Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Both speeches included lines about keeping promises, treating people with respect and passing values along to children, but portions of Melania Trump's speech closely matched the first lady's earlier address.

After two days of pressure to name the speechwriter, the Trump campaigned identified staffer Meredith McIver as the writer who worked closely with Melania Trump on the speech. In a statement, McIver said she offered to resign, but Donald Trump declined her resignation, saying "that people make innocent mistakes and that we learn and grow from these experiences."

McIver said Melania Trump specifically mentioned Obama as a woman she admires while the pair were working on Melania's speech, and that McIver jotted down passages from Michelle Obama's 2008 speech. Those phrases were included in a draft that "ultimately became the final speech," McIver wrote.

"This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama," McIver wrote. "No harm was meant."

Trump himself seemed to brush off the controversy in another tweet.

"Good news is Melania's speech got more publicity than any in the history of politics," the businessman wrote, "especially if you believe that all press is good press!"

Sources: DonaldJTrump.com, Donald Trump/Twitter (2) / Photo credit: Screenshot via NBC News

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