by TV One Staff
July 21, 2016
When you’re a Trump, there is no need to take criticism or responsibility for your own mistakes. Simply blame the help.
Earlier this week, Melania Trump, wife of presidential candidate, Donald Trump, delivered an exhilarating speech at the Republican National Convention—one that sounded extremely familiar to the speech First Lady Michelle Obama delivered at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. Per usual, Black Twitter went in:
— Noah Addy (@UXNoah) July 19, 2016
— Kabir Iyengar (@kabiriyengar) July 19, 2016
Ima tell y’all one thing right here right now. Melania Trump could NEVER EVEEEEEEERRRR measure up to Michelle Obama pic.twitter.com/tzzTqd8w1S
— Cam. (@shejustthought) July 19, 2016
Now Trump staff writer, Meredith McIver, has come forward taking full responsibility for the big blunder. In a statement she mentioned she was instructed to be inspired by Michelle Obama’s speech, not lift it verbatim:
“TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
My name is Meredith McIver and I’m an in-house staff writer at the Trump Organization. I am also a longtime friend and admirer of the Trump family.
In working with Melania Trump on her recent First Lady speech, we discussed many people who inspired her and messages she wanted to share with the American people. A person she has always liked is Michelle Obama. Over the phone, she read me some passages fromMrs. Obama’s speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech. I did not check Mrs. Obama’s speeches. This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant.
Yesterday, I offered my resignation to Mr. Trump and the Trump family, but they rejected it. Mr. Trump told me that people make innocent mistakes and that we learn and grow from these experiences.
I asked to put out this statement because I did not like seeing the way this was distracting from Mr. Trump’s historic campaign for president and Melania’s beautiful message and presentation.
I apologize for the confusion and hysteria my mistake has caused. Today, more than ever, I am honored to work for such a great family. I personally admire the way Mr. Trump has handled this situation and I am grateful for his understanding.
Stephen Colbert did a hilarious spoof on Melania Trump’s statement about plagiarism…brace yourself:
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