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Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud: Full text of Melania Trump’s speech at the RNC

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There are stories going around claiming that Melania Trump plagiarized a good chunk of her speech last night from a 2008 speech by Michelle Obama. Nothing could be further from the truth! Here’s a complete transcript of Melania’s speech — see for yourself!

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears! The Barack Obama I know today is the same man I fell in love with 19 years ago.

Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud!

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. Reader, I married him.

Don’t be fooled by the rocks that I got. I’m still, I’m still Jenny from the block. I ain’t no hollaback girl. Ich bein ein Berliner. I like turtles. I love lamp. 

Say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos. 

And in conclusion, it’s people — soylent green is people! Use the force, Luke.

Only you can prevent forest fires. 

Inspiring and original words from the wife of a man who will never be President of the United States!

H/T — Inspiration from the #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes hashtag on Twitter. I found the pic above in a tweet from ‏@Jenny_from_ThaD.

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Iseult The Idle
Iseult The Idle
4 years ago

The crazier this gets, the more I want to believe it’s an elaborate troll.

But then I read Schwartz’s New Yorker piece about writing The Art of the Deal, and that narrative falls apart.

Bonelady
Bonelady
4 years ago

I never thought I’d be doing this, but I have to say, along with P. Z. Myers, it was almost certainly not her fault. Like him, I teach college, mostly freshmen, and you see a certain amount of plagiarism. Melania Trump is not a native English speaker, so someone wrote that speech for her, or with her, who does speak English as a native tongue. That person, or someone else in the campaign should have caught the plagiarism and fixed it. This looks to me as though the writer was given Michelle Obama’s speech as a model and followed it too closely. This could have been accidental or deliberate. But someone else should have caught it. No way, as Myers points out, that other people didn’t hear her practising it, or read it for grammar and quality before last night. This was either laziness on the part of the speech editing staff, or arrogance.

Ælfscýne
Ælfscýne
4 years ago

It was a stupid thing to do (not that this will affect Trump’s fans, he’s said and done worse things than Melania ever could), but I am bothered by fake quotes prescribed to her. OK, some are obviously fake, like the Monty Python or the J.Lo one, but some might with time still circle around as something she really said. I don’t like that sort of thing, even if it’s Trump’s wife on the receiving end. Aren’t we supposed to be better than this?

Dan Kasteray
Dan Kasteray
4 years ago

It’s not an elaborate troll,

What we’re seeing is the end result of a party that spent forty years demonizing intelligence, kindness, dealing in racism and insisting that government is the enemy while running to lead the government.

Nixon started it, Reagan perfected the poison and now hopefully we can witness a Whig like collapse among the Republicans before they run Jared Fogle as the 2020 election candidate.

PeeVee the Sarcastic
PeeVee the Sarcastic
4 years ago

Melania has repeatedly asserted that she wrote that speech herself.

Iseult The Idle
Iseult The Idle
4 years ago

@Ælfscýne

Er, you do know that’s not the actual text of her speech, yes?

The problem is that large segments of her speech were lifted word for word from Michelle Obama’s 2008 Convention speech.

Ælfscýne
Ælfscýne
4 years ago

@ Iseult The Idle

I know it isn’t her text, that’s my whole point. If her own lines were quoted back at her, that’s fine. But people are making them up and while some (Monty Python, James Brown …) are obvious, not all people know The Big Lebowski, for example, and that quote does sound like something a person from Trump’s camp might say (except perhaps for the Dude part).

Sure now it’s a Twitter trend so everyone knows it’s a joke, but in time, who knows, some less familiar ones might stick as if they were really here quotes. It’s the internet after all.

Like fake feminist quotes and the like.

It makes me feel uncomfortable, that’s all. No offence meant.

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
4 years ago

@Iseult : his point is that people in the future looking at that won’t alway be able to tell it’s actually satirical. Because it’s a form of satire who can be understood *only* if the memory of the triggering event is fresh.

Matchstick
4 years ago

@Bonelady, it most definitely isn’t her fault and it would have been very easy for the Trump campaign to have put their hands up, symbolically thrown a speechwriter under the bus and moved on; secure in the knowlege that the incident will be quickly replaced in the news cycle but whatever happens today.

But they didn’t and every time they double-down and try to pretend this is someone else’s fault they just show their naivety at operating in the real world when people are actually paying attention.

As is usually the case with things it’s not the actual mistake that causes the damage – it’s the screw-up and lies that come trying to pretend it didn’t happen or that someone else is at fault that are the problem.

PeeVee the Sarcastic
PeeVee the Sarcastic
4 years ago

Shortly before a storm of plagiarism accusations, Melania Trump told NBC News that she crafted most of her Republican National Convention speech with little assistance from campaign staff.

“I read once over it and that’s all, because I wrote it, and with as little help as possible,” the would-be first lady,  accompanied by her husband, told NBC anchor Matt Lauer in an interview on Donald Trump’s private jet shortly before her speech Monday night.
-LA Times

Doubling down seems to be a trait of the Trumps, but if they demand accountability from everyone else, they should start by admitting their own mistakes.

Perhaps Melania read Michelle’s speech and was inspired. Admit that, then.

PeeVee the Sarcastic
PeeVee the Sarcastic
4 years ago

As is usually the case with things it’s not the actual mistake that causes the damage – it’s the screw-up and lies that come trying to pretend it didn’t happen or that someone else is at fault that are the problem.

Paul Manafort is blaming HRC, saying:

“This is once again an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down.”

OoglyBoggles
OoglyBoggles
4 years ago

@Dan
Please be right, I hope that the civil war between the narrativist evangelicals and corporatist republicans ends with an end to them, so that we can have a more left leaning government, and maybe less inclined to plutocratic tendencies.

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
4 years ago
Scildfreja
Scildfreja
4 years ago

I feel very bad for her today :C I mean, she’s married to a horrible guy, and I don’t know how much her opinions match her husbands’, but regarldess of all of that – this wasn’t her fault, for the reasons above. She’s not a politician, she doesn’t give speeches, though I’d like to say that she delivered it very well!

They should be going after Trump’s writers and others in the campaign responsible for editing their message. But no, there’s an attractive foreign woman to ridicule. So now every damn news site in the world is making fun of her.

Thanks, media. You’re making me feel sorry for a Trump! I don’t want to feel that!

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
4 years ago

@Scildfreja

100% agreed.

personalpest
personalpest
4 years ago

My major objection to Melania’s speech is that it’s diverting attention from Rudolph Guiliani’s yelling and screaming.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants
Buttercup Q. Skullpants
4 years ago

Well, yeah. I can’t think of any punishment worse than being married to Donald Trump. She seems like a trooper.

I don’t think Trump supporters will care if his sections of wife’s speech were plagiarised – they love the idea of sticking it to the establishment (you know, all those moralizing wet blankets who think passing off others’ work as your own is wrong). The more crap he gets away with, the louder they cheer. But it’s just kind of an own goal to plagiarize from your ideological opponent.

snork maiden
4 years ago

I second not holding Melania entirely responsible for this fiasco. It’s no secret that public figures use speech writers, for guidance at the very least, (apart from Trump of course who just gets up and lets out a stream of consciousness). Several people must have messed up to let this go through and it shows up how sloppy Trump’s campaign is.

I don’t think Melania ever imagined she would a potential first lady, I would not want to be in her shoes right now.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
4 years ago

Plagiarising political speeches is pretty common. It wouldn’t surprise me if it goes back to antiquity.

Churchill had a bit of a tendency. It was General Fairfax in the civil war who originally said “Never before in human conflict have so many owed so much to so few”

Of course, the fact that Churchill prologued his speech with “never before in the history of human conflict…” might have been a sneaky tongue in cheek acknowledgment of that.

Alex Stallwitz
Alex Stallwitz
4 years ago

I am stuck by the irony of how Melania is accused of copying Michelle Obama, an woman that the Right has relentlessly mocked and riducled and compared to an chimp and impiled she was an transgender and an man in drag. An particular mean cartoon compared the two and the artist draw Michelle Obama very mascline and Melania very feminine with the caption “make the First Lady great again”

Zemyla
Zemyla
4 years ago

My biggest concern is not that she plagiarized from Michelle Obama, but that she plagiarized from Rick Astley.

He will never, ever, give up. And, most importantly, he will never, ever, let you down.

Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
4 years ago

‘Jenny From the Block’ woulda floored me were I not already lying down

Steve King says only white people did anything good for civilization. Melania plagiarizes Michelle Obama. Staff run around removing signs for ‘white elevators’. Scott fuckin Baio. There hasn’t been a higher number and concentration of disgruntled white dudes in one place since the Klan marched on DC in 28. I just wish this felt as funny as it sounds

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
4 years ago

If you use one of the ‘Red’ elevators do they throw you out for being a socialist?

Ælfscýne
Ælfscýne
4 years ago

@David – You are right, it’s not a problem here because the context of the post explains it all. On FB, however, I’ve seen these quotes without a hashtag and context (except for people giving ROFL and LOL, but right now we all know what this is about).

And in 6 years, somebody might search for famous Melania Trump quotes and gets these, and like Ohlmann said, the satirical angle might be unknown to many by then.

I don’t know, I’m obviously describing a hypothetical situation. It was just a thought, not aimed at you or any poster here, more at the flaws of the internet.

suffrajitsu
4 years ago

Melania did go on record before the event saying she “wrote it with as little help as possible”, so I’m not all that sympathetic towards her. Even if she likely wasn’t responsible for the plagiarism, she lied more than she really had to.

I think this was my favorite headline for the whole thing

http://verysmartbrothas.com/the-rnc-where-steve-king-defends-white-supremacy-and-melania-trump-disproves-it/

joekster
joekster
4 years ago

Actually, for thirty seconds I thought Dave actually had posted the actual speech. Then I googled ‘Melania Trumps speech’ and found the real likely plagiarized text on NPR. Sarcasm does not internet well. Or maybe I just fail at recognizing it.

Judas Peckerwood
4 years ago

@Ælfscýne:

And in 6 years, somebody might search for famous Melania Trump quotes and gets these…

If there is any justice in the universe, Melania Trump and her vulgar talking yam of a husband will be completely forgotten in six years.

joekster
joekster
4 years ago

Oh, and for ten seconds I thought ‘Steve King’ meant Stephen King’ and was like, what?

I think I should either spend more time out from under my rock, or go back under it and stay there.

Damy
Damy
4 years ago

As funny as I think it is that a potential (don’t even want to think about it) first lady gave a speech that is so obviously plagiarized, I think that Melania Trump is blamed too much for the whole thing, and the criticism is often mixed with really misogynistic approaches. I’ve seen people comment that she shouldn’t talk to an audience or talk about political issues because “she’s a porn star” – which I think is a horrible way of thinking of people, but I’ve seen it way to often, even with people I thought were very reasonable.

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
4 years ago

@suffrajitsu

Melania did go on record before the event saying she “wrote it with as little help as possible”, so I’m not all that sympathetic towards her.

This is also something that she’s supposed to say. She’s not necessarily to blame for claiming to have written the speech herself. Republicans have decided that speech writers are bad, teleprompters are bad, not improvising every speech on the spot is bad, etc. This is all part of strategy, and probably not a personal choice.

Robert
Robert
4 years ago

I don’t despise her. That’s about the best I can manage right now. She’s serving as a distraction from the actual factual monsters from the Id spewing badthink.

Kat
Kat
4 years ago

Given that Donald Trump’s first wife, Ivana Trump, says that he raped her after his scalp reduction went wrong (which in Donald Trump’s mind was her fault because Ivana referred Donald to her doctor), I have to wonder how much Melania Trump is just going along to get along.

And “going along to get along” can cover a whole lot of territory.

So in my mind, it’s a big question mark as to how much blame I can assign to Melania Trump.

Also, I might be alone on this, but I have to wonder whether copying Michelle Obama’s speech was an “eff u” to Democrats, a way of saying, “Yeah, we do this and we get away with it!” At the same time, I don’t want to underplay the role of incompetence.

Maybe I’ll go with the first speechwriter did it as an eff u. All the fact checkers and other speechwriters and Mister Sweet Potatohead himself were a mix of eff u and incompetent.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
4 years ago

I wish the Trump spokesperson hadn’t tried to claim that Melania’s speech was in part inspired by My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

WHAT DID TWILIGHT SPARKLE EVER DO TO YOU?

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/19/politics/sean-spicer-melania-trump-my-little-pony/

(((Her Grace Phryne))): Tool of the Butt-Worshipping, Lesbian-Powered Elite
(((Her Grace Phryne))): Tool of the Butt-Worshipping, Lesbian-Powered Elite
4 years ago

The latest is that supposedly she plagiarized Twilight Sparkle.

http://www.politicususa.com/2016/07/19/trumps-rnc-claims-wife-plagiarized-speech-pony-michelle-obama.html

My brain BSOD’ed for a minute or two.

Kat
Kat
4 years ago

There’s a lot about the Yuuuge Yam and his wife and his family and his campaign that will most likely forever remain a mystery to me.

But I do know this: No amount of plagiarism of Twilight Sparkle will ever dim this pony’s brilliance.

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
4 years ago
Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
4 years ago

@ SFHC

All hail the Princess of Friendship!

proudfootz
proudfootz
4 years ago

I’m told she also quoted this song in her speech:

Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up

“He will never, ever give you up. And most importantly, he will never, ever let you down.”

booburry
booburry
4 years ago

As long as she sticks by writing the speech herself, I’m not sure why we’re dismissing her role in this whole thing. “She said she wrote it herself but we all know that’s not true” seems just as shit of a position to me.
I wonder if Michelle Obama would get as much compassion had she lifted a white woman’s speech. Meh.

Dwight Harriman
Dwight Harriman
4 years ago

Does it strike anyone else as odd that a presidential candidate with a strong anti immigration platform has a first generation immigrant as a wife?

Does no one in the manosphere complain about that? I can’t stand to spend enough time on those sites to find out.

Berdache from a previous life
Berdache from a previous life
4 years ago

Does it strike others as odd that a man who is running on an anti immigration platform has a first generation immigrant as a wife?

Why aren’t the MRAs and their ilk upset about this? They’d certainly be ballistic if it was the other party’s candidate.

dslucia
dslucia
4 years ago

Does no one in the manosphere complain about that? I can’t stand to spend enough time on those sites to find out.

Some of them probably do, but it seems equally that they’re okay with it “because she’s hot”.

Neon Vincent
4 years ago

Regarding the invocation of Twilight Sparkle by Sean Spicer, the character’s voice actress Tara Strong tweeted “”This is not Pony Princess approved. I’m Twilight Sparkle & do not approve this message.” She then tweeted “Plagiarism is NOT magic”. Twilight Sparkle is reading the Riot Act to the Trump campaign!

Bina
4 years ago

And in other weird Melania “news”: Der Drumpf once went on Howard Stern’s show bragging that she doesn’t poop or fart.

Yes, REALLY.

I’m not even going to try to imagine what kinds of contortions one has to do to maintain such an illusion. I can only feel sorry for her, because that can’t be a comfortable life.

weirwoodtreehugger: communist bonobo

Anti-immigration people don’t usually mind immigrants if they’re white.

Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
4 years ago

@boobury
Precise! Melania has agency. So long as she claims responsibility, I’ll give her responsibility. At the same time, Scildfreja et al have a point. It’s also definitely on Don and the shit squad, and you can bet this will end up a pretty nasty pile on from the ‘she’s stupid and hot but mostly hot’ crowd. I agree with you, but I don’t really feel comfortable mocking her, ya know?

Virgin Mary
Virgin Mary
4 years ago

Why the MRAs have a problem with that I don’t know, they want a Malibu Stacy who when you pull the string says, ‘don’t ask me, I’m just a girl’, or ‘I wish they taught shopping in school’. They got that. Poor Meliana.

DS
DS
4 years ago

I feel like Donald Trump is playing the Penis Game. You know, where you’re 8 and in the back of a 4th grade classroom and you and your friends take turns saying “Penis!” progressively louder to see who can get away with saying it the loudest without getting caught. Except I was the one who was annoyed as hell by those people because I actually wanted to learn long division. I guess I’ve always kind of hated toxic masculinity?

Also, 5-trillion bonus points for a Big Lebowski reference. That comment really tied the blog together, man!