Melania Wasn't the Only One: A Number of Republicans Plagiarized Their RNC Speeches...From Democrats

Election '16

The controversy surrounding Melania Trump's speech on the first night of the Republican National Convention may have caused a few pundits to examine the other RNC speakers more closely. As it turns out, Melania Trump, who lifted an entire paragraph from Michelle Obama's 2008 address, wasn't the only one who plagiarized. 

“This is not about black America, white America or brown America… this is about the United States of America," Senate candidate Daryll Glenn (R-CO) said in his speech Monday.

Similarly, President Obama said in his 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote address, “There is not a black America, and a white America, and Latino America and Asian America, there’s the United States of America.”

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) also took words from 2004's Democratic National Convention speeches for his RNC speech. 

“I have a message to deliver and let me say it loud and clear, help is on the way," Cotton said Monday night echoing then-Democratic nominee John Kerry's words: "To all who serve in our armed forces today I say, help is on the way.”

Coincidence? "The Young Turks" weighed in. 

“Darryl Glenn is debatable," assessed Cenk Uygur, host of "The Young Turks." 

"Might have intended it. Might. I’ll give you a 25% chance," Uygur continued. "No one in the crowd knew it was a callback. They’re like ‘Yes, we should be the United States of America. Why didn’t anybody think of that?’ and then when Obama said it, they’re like ‘Boo, son of a b*tch thinks we should all be united. Divisive!'"  

"And then Tom Cotton.. I’ve never disagreed more with anybody in my life," Uygur said. "Tom Cotton had no idea… What, you’re going to mock a guy from 12 years ago and expect your insanely stupid Republican audience to remember that?"

Spot on. 


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