Donald Trump Jr. Says Obama Plagiarized Speech Phrase


Donald Trump Jr. said on July 28 that President Barack Obama plagiarized a line from his speech at the Republican National Convention.

Trump Jr. tweeted: "I'm honored that POTUS would plagiarize a line from my speech last week. Where's the outrage?"

Trump Jr. also linked to a tweet by Politico that said: "'That is not the America I know,' Obama says about Trump's dystopian depiction of the U.S."

While both men did use the phrase, NBC News reports that Obama has incorporated the phrase and a reverse of it in multiple speeches, including one in 2010: "Instead of setting our sights higher, they're asking us to settle for a status quo of stagnant growth and eroding competitiveness and a shrinking middle class. Cleveland, that is not the America I know. That is not the America we believe in."

Obama said in a 2012 speech in Michigan: "I want this to be a big, bold, generous country where everybody gets a fair shot, everybody is doing their fair share, everybody is playing by the same set of rules. That's the America I know."

According to news network, Obama said earlier this month in Dallas following the police shootings: "'Everyone was helping each other,' one witness said. 'It wasn't about black or white. Everyone was picking each other up and moving them away.' See, that's the America I know."

President George W. Bush also used the phrase soon after the 9/11 attacks in 2001: "Women who cover their heads in this country must feel comfortable going outside their homes. Moms who wear cover must be not intimidated in America. That's not the America I know. That's not the America I value."

The phrase goes back even further according to The Washington Post, which notes that Walter Cronkite told CNN in 1998: "This is some kind of a resurgent Puritanism that suggests that we all should live by someone else's moral standards. That shouldn't be. That's not the America that I know and love."

Additionally, Julian Bond, the famed civil rights activist, stated in 1995: "Those who express surprise or horror now have been living in a dream world. That's not the America I know."

Three years earlier, President George H.W. Bush said: "Once you cut through all the patriotic posturing and all the tough talk about fighting back by closing shop and look closely: That is not the American flag they're waving; it is the white flag of surrender. And that's not the America that you and I know."

The newspaper reports that the oldest recorded use of the phrase, per LexisNexis, is from 1989 when DEA official David Westrate opined: "My conclusion from that is that that really was not the America that I know."

Sources: Donald Trump Jr./Twitter, NBC News, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Donald Trump Jr./Twitter

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