The Trump campaign is blaming Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton because Melania Trump, the Republican candidate's wife, has been accused of plagiarizing part of first lady Michelle Obama's 2008 speech (video below).
Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort told CNN on July 19 that Melania's speech did not plagiarize Obama’s even though Melania's speech at the Republican National Convention on July 18 used entire sentences, word-for-word, from Obama’s speech, notes RawStory.com.
There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These were common words and values that she cares about her family, things like that. I mean, she was speaking in front of 35 million people last night, she knew that. To think that she would be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy. This is, once again, an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks to demean her and take her down. It’s not going to work.
Manafort offered no proof that Clinton is trying to take down Melania.
Manafort's predecessor Corey Lewandowski, now a CNN commentator, suggested Manafort should resign over the speech, tweeted The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone.
"And whoever signed off with the final sign-off that allowed this to go forward should be held accountable,” Lewandowski stated.
Lewandowski was asked if Manafort should resign, and said: "I think, if it was Paul Manafort, he’d do the right thing and resign ... If he was the last person who saw this, and saw this happen, and has brought this on the candidate’s wife, I think he’d resign because I think this is the type of person he would be."
Trump senior advisor Sarah Huckabee Sanders appeared on Fox News on July 19, and initially ignored the speech controversy, notes Mediaite:
I thought Melania did a great job last night. And look, here’s the real question; no one is going to accuse Melania of saying this is the first time she’s ever been proud to be an American, when her husband was nominated to be president. I thought she did a remarkable job and she showed a level of elegance and poise and charisma that the people of America want in a first lady and I think she gave everybody a reason to be proud.
Fox News host Martha MacCallum asked if Manafort should be fired over Melania's speech, and Sanders said: "I think the person that ought to be fired is Hillary Clinton. She broke the law and that’s been completely ignored."
Sanders did not name which law Clinton has supposedly broken.