I, for one, am stunned. I would have thought leaving 8 years between largely identical speeches would have been enough time for everyone to forget the contents of the first one. If only the damn internet would stop making highly public speeches made on widely disseminated platforms so readily accessible to people with long term memories then Melania Trump's stolen thoughts would have seemed original and genuine. Seriously though, are we really going to criticize the world's most famous mail order bride for plagiarizing? There was only so much empty political rhetoric at her disposal. It's like when a teacher assigns the same research paper every single year. At some point those assignments are going to start to sound repetitive. After all, how many possible ways can you rephrase the same Wikipedia entry?
So a couple of Melania Trump's lines were "borrowed" word-for-word from the woman she hopes to replace, big deal. It's not like she's a free thinking person that wrote them herself. Talk to her speech writers who have clearly given up on making her husband's campaign seem even remotely legitimate. Honestly? I don't even blame them. You know how many votes Donald Trump lost last night when people realized that this monologue was "highly quoted"? ZERO. Why take the time and effort to create an entirely new message when copying the old one isn't going to be of detriment to your cause? Trump supporters don't care that his wife sounded like a programmed fem-bot. The irony that she is the immigrant wife of the person that wants to kick immigrants out of the country is lost on them. The idea that she needed to take thoughts from the woman that they -mostly blindly - hate couldn't be less noteworthy to them. Everyone knows that the 2016 Presidential election has nothing to do with what the candidates say, but how loud they say it. That's why it would been silly for Melania Trump and her English teachers to work on their authenticity when they are part of an initiative that is based on nothing but volume and shock value. Gotta give it to her. Nothing more shocking than repeating blatant excerpts of the same speech, at the same event, given by a different person no more than 8 years prior and expecting people not to notice.