Last week saw a major plagiarism controversy with Melania Trump copying significant portions of Michelle Obama’s DNC speech almost word for word. Significant portions were lifted, and later Melania’s “Speechwriter” claimed that there had been an accident and they had in fact been copied. Now Donald Trump Jr. is claiming that Barack Obama plagiarized his speech, and he’s wondering where the controversy is.
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Via NBCNews: Trump Jr. is correct that both he and Obama both used the single phrase in their speeches to their respective party conventions. But it’s also a line Obama, along with other past presidents, has used frequently in the past. And other than the brief sentiment about the version of America known to both men, the context of the statements are very different.
Donald Trump Jr At The RNC: There’s so much work to do. We will not accept the current state of our country because it’s too hard to change. That’s not the America I know. We’re going to unleash the creative spirit and energy of all Americans. We’re going to make our schools the best in the world for every single American of every single ethnicity and background.
President Barack Obama At The DNC: What we heard in Cleveland last week wasn’t particularly Republican and it sure wasn’t conservative. What we heard was a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other and turn away from the rest of the world. There were no serious solutions to pressing problems, just the fanning of resentment and blame and anger and hate. And that is not the America I know. The America I know is full of courage, and optimism, and ingenuity. The America I know is decent and generous.
The problem is that Obama uses the phrase constantly.
Obama 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 2012: “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.”
Don’t expect facts and reason to get in the way of a fake controversy for the Conservatives.