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The Republican National Convention’s first day did not disappoint those who were hoping for a lot of drama, action, and fanfare.

For many, presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump’s wife, Melania stole the show with an inspiring speech dedicated to her husband, but most of all, delivering on the great truths of what it means to be an American.

Melania’s speech included a bit of her personal story of becoming a U.S. citizen through the legal immigration process, as well as the deep family bond she, Donald, and their family share. By most accounts, pundits, and fans alike were giving the speech the highest of accolades.

But, as with just about everything regarding the Republican Party these days, it didn’t last long before some controversy reared its head.

Journalist Jarrett Hill noticed part of Melania’s speech sounded very familiar. Posting to Twitter, Hill basically accused Melania of plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 DNC.

Melania’s passage certainly had some undeniable similarities:

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.

For the record, Melania told Matt Lauer before giving the speech that she only practiced it once, because she wrote it herself “with as little help as possible.”

In a statement released early Tuesday, the Trump campaign did not acknowledge that the speech was plagiarized:

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

Nonetheless, the accusation took off like wildfire Monday night, creating a lot of buzz and back-and-forth on social media. And it didn’t take long before a video comparing the two appeared.

Someone noticed that this kind of thing isn’t exactly unusual:

By Tuesday, the controversy took on a life of its own sparking its own hashtag.

To add to the controversy, in a tweet, appearing completely rigged, Donald Trump is being accused of a copying a tweet from Barack Obama — both, congratulating their wives for their convention speeches.

It’s going to be a long day.


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