Da Trumpetress Spoke …

I have said many times that when it comes to politics and election campaigns, spouses and children are strictly off-limits in my book.  I stand by that, however … when a spouse or adult child knowingly and willingly puts himself/herself in the line of fire, then I make an exception.

melaniaI speak, of course, of Melania Trump’s speech at the RNC convention on Monday evening.  They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  If that is true, then apparently Ms. Melania Trump holds First Lady Michelle Obama in very high regard, as one portion of her speech is taken directly from Ms. Obama’s speech in 2008, with just a few words changed.  In all fairness, it was only 131 words out of 1,366, or slightly less than 10% of the speech, not “most of the speech” as some social media sites claim.  Still, it is shameful. Why?

First, 1,300 words should not be difficult to write without having to steal them from another, especially if you believe in your subject.  My average blog post averages between 800 – 1,200 words and I write two of them almost every day, in addition to writing for an online publication.  Even at that, I am constantly having to trim my words in order to stay under my self-imposed limit.  Second, she has speech-writers who, I suspect wrote the speech, despite Melania’s claim “… I wrote it with as little help as possible. I’m excited.”  Personally, I don’t think her vocabulary is that large.  Third, Donald Trump has done nothing but criticize the Obamas and now his wife uses Michelle’s speech and presents it as her own?  Filosofa is confused!

“Their [her parents] integrity, compassion and intelligence reflect to this day on me and for my love of family and America.  From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life: that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise; that you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily life. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son, and we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”

That is the potion of the speech that eerily resembles Ms. Obama’s 2008 speech.  One argument I have heard is that “These are common knowledge principles (which means no one ripped them off from anyone). They are Biblical principles. They are not unique to Michele Obama or Melania Trump. Instead of getting worked into a feeding frenzy over who said them first, everyone should know these things and everyone should practice them.”  Perhaps so, however it would have been prudent for her to state those principles in her own words, rather than in the words of another.  So, was it plagiarism?  Of course it was.  Does it deserve more than a passing mention?  Not really, it merely highlights what most of us already knew, that Melania Trump is no great intellectual.  So, enough said about that topic.

The speech itself was tedious, repetitive and boring.  There was only one part that caused my mouth to drop open and my eyes to roll toward the back of my head: “Donald intends to represent all the people, not just some of the people. That includes Christians and Jews and Muslims, it includes Hispanics and African-Americans and Asians, and the poor and the middle class. Throughout his career, Donald has successfully worked with people of many faiths and with many nations.”  To this, I cry BULLSHIT!  Call a spade a spade … Donald intends to represent first, Donald, and second, white, under-educated males.  Nobody else holds sway.  Not women, African-Americans, Muslims, Jews … none of us.

Donald Trump has said in no uncertain terms that he will ban Muslims, that he will declare war on them, that he will seek to deport all Muslims from the U.S.  Is that what she means when she says he will “represent” them?  And he is going to build a huge wall to keep Hispanics out of the country.  Is that the form of representation to which she refers?  In the words of Republican author, Ben Shapiro, “Donald Trump’s nomination has drawn anti-Semites from the woodwork. I’ve experienced more pure, unadulterated anti-Semitism since coming out against Trump’s candidacy than at any other time in my political career. Trump supporters have threatened me and other Jews who hold my viewpoint. They’ve blown up my e-mail inbox with anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. They greeted the birth of my second child by calling for me, my wife, and two children to be thrown into a gas chamber.”  Oh yes, we are fast becoming a more peaceful society under the influence of Trump-mania.  Last December, Trump gave a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition … a speech filled with anti-Semitic remarks.  He has put down African-Americans and Asians as well, on far too many occasions to list here.  And he will represent us all?  Be afraid.  Be VERY afraid.

Melania Trump did what she was expected to do, she supported her husband and attempted to paint him as a wonderful family man who would work hard to “Make America Great Again”, whatever the sam heck that means.  She was not particularly inspirational, not particularly well-spoken, but when it comes to Melania, nobody notices because they only notice her physical ‘beauty’.  Many commented on how great she looked, how beautiful she is.  She is a former nude model.  She was never expected to have brains.  In the end, she may well qualify as America’s #3 Bimbo.  We are not, however, voting for or against her, but rather for or (hopefully) against her husband.  But I leave you with one final thought:  If Michelle Obama, who was criticized for wearing a sleeveless dress, had been a former nude model, if Michelle Obama had her picture plastered all over social media wearing nothing more than a gun, a g-string and a pair of boots, would Barack Obama be President of the United States today?  Think about it.

14 thoughts on “Da Trumpetress Spoke …

  1. This speaks to attention to detail and the quality of the people Trump is surrounding himself with. If you set out to write a speech for a modern potential future first lady, would you not listen to those that came before for examples. I knew that she copied Michelle Obama’s speech as soon as I heard it and I’m not a political pundit. If this is the type of quality we can expect from a Trump presidency, we are in for a disastrous turn.

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    • Did you ever doubt it? I honestly believe the GOP is done, that a new party will evolve to replace it, especially after last night’s fiasco (stay tuned for my next post which may be the last one I ever write about Trump, I am so disgusted).

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  2. Back when I was teaching I used to hear my colleagues say “you can’t define ‘plagiarism.” Yes you can: it’s any attempt to pass along another’s ideas as your own. That’s what Donald’s Bimbo did. It’s that simple.

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    • Yes … and it is wrong no matter how you slice it, but I do think the media are making a mountain of a molehill, claiming that “most of the speech” was similar to Michelle’s. I read both carefully and was only able to find about 10% that was even similar. But, I guess blowing things out of proportion is the name of the game. Sigh.

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  3. Jill, thanks for stopping by my blog. I actually feel sorry for Melania as the speech writer should have known better. Both David Brooks and Mark Shields commented that every word is usually reviewed in these events, so as not to take the campaign off message. The campaign also showed a poor reaction to the plagiarism actually throwing her under the bus at one point. As Brooks noted on PBS Newshour, this matters as showing competency and organization is needed for Trump to illustrate he’s got this. His campaign and the party are both in a state of disarray. To me this demonstrates what his history shows – he is a great marketer, but not a very good manager. Thanks again, Keith

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    • After denying it was plagiarism among many other reasons given, the speechwriter fessed up and said she plagiarized certain phrases. Again, this shows the campaign in very poor light not just because it happened, but their childish reactions to the issue. They could have put this to bed so easily, but as Mark Shields said “there are folks on the Trump campaign who would start an argument with an empty room.”

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    • I agree … nothing that comes out of Trump’s campaign surprises me anymore … chaos, vitriol and poor planning seem to be their theme. I tend to rant sometimes, though I try to do so in a thoughtful way … you are more level-headed and in-depth. I appreciate your perspective and will be following your blog. Thanks for stopping by mine … I hope you will return!

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      • Thanks. Having Cruz speak was an unforced error and shows not only the lack of unity in the party, but the lack of management of the campaign. How a campaign would allow him to speak without knowing what he would say speaks volumes. I have had people say Trump will hire good people to run the country, but he has a hard time attracting good people to do so in his campaign.

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        • Agreed, but you know … while I don’t generally care for Cruz, I have to admit I was rather proud of what he did last night. Probably stupid in the long run, but you have to admit … that took some courage! 🙂

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  4. I wouldn’t call Melania Trump a Bimbo. And I don’t think SHE plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech. There is a big uproar now from people who want to demonize Mrs. Trump…half-truths and invented issues. It isn’t necessary to Demonize Donald Trump–he does that all by himself! The thought of a Trump presidency scares the bejeebers out of me! Except for his “kids”–who are personable enough, but are unknown entities–every time The Donald opens his mouth something obscene comes out.

    As much as I dislike the things that Trump stands for, it must be pointed out that he is NOT saying he would “ban Muslims…seek to deport all Muslims…or build a wall to “keep Hispanics out.”

    I hasten to add here that what Trump DOES advocate is heinous enough…and extreme measures would need to be taken to deport ANY group …. but he IS talking about ILLEGALS. Obviously just the mere thought of rounding up any group and physically removing them from the country conjurs thoughts of jackboots echoing in the streets… hunting victims. Remember the Trail of Tears? Wounded Knee, the massacre of Lakota Indians by the U.S. Army?

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  5. Ahhhh…..Yes! Sigh! Reading your post made me think of that old adage….attributed variously – in some form – to Twain/Lincoln et al: ‘Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt’. Hugs! ❤

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