Republican convention: Melania Trump accused of plagiarising Michelle Obama speech

Donald Trump's wife under fire after appearing to lift lines from Democratic convention speech

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Melania Trump speaks during the first day of the Republican national convention | Photo: PA Images

Melania Trump is facing accusations of plagiarism after it emerged several lines in her Republican national convention speech appear to have been copied from Michelle Obama.

Journalist Jarrett Hill was among the first to notice that comments on her upbringing and values bore a striking similarity to segments of a speech delivered by Mrs Obama at the Democratic convention in 2008.

Here are the relevant sections:

Melania Trump

"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."

Michelle Obama

"And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them."

Melania Trump

"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."

Michelle Obama

"And Barack Obama and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generations. Because we want our children, and all children in this nation, to know that the only limit to the height of your achievement is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them."

Melania Trump

"My elegant and hard-working mother, Amalija, introduced me to fashion and beauty. My father, Viktor, instilled in me a passion for business and travel. Their integrity, compassion and intelligence reflects to this day on me and for my love of family and America."

Michelle Obama

"My mother’s love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion and her intelligence reflected in my own daughters."

Mrs Trump had earlier told MSNBC she wrote the speech "with a little help". 

A statement later released by the Trump campaign did not directly respond to the allegations of plagiarism. 

“In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking,” Jason Miller, senior communications advisor, said.

“Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.”