Following Monday night’s speech blunder by Melania Trump at the Republican convention, speechwriter to Donald Trump has apologized for the plagiarism.
The speechwriter, Meredith McIver, took the blame and offered to resign over identical phrases from Melania Trump’s Republican convention speech similar to that of Michelle Obama eight years ago.
Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, had read a speech on the occasion which many have criticized as having been plagiarized from Michelle Obama.
The speechwriter, however, made it clear that Melania Trump knew that the passages she read to an enthralled convention Monday night had come from Obama.
Trump’s Speechwriter Apologizes For Melania Speech Blunder
McIver in her statement claimed Melania has always liked Michelle Obama and intended to model her own speech after her.
McIver in a statement on Wednesday from the campaign said:
“Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama’s speech as examples.
“I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech.”
“I did not check Mrs. Obama’s speeches.
“This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama.
“No harm was meant.
“I asked to put out this statement because I did not like seeing the way this was distracting from Mr. Trump’s historic campaign for president and Melania’s beautiful message and presentation.
“I apologize for the confusion and hysteria my mistake has caused”
The controversy had erupted on social media Monday night following Trump’s wife’s speech.
Sharp-eyed viewers had expressed outrage over the speech’s similarities to that which Michelle Obama had delivered at the 2008 Democratic convention.
The controversy continued on Tuesday as the Trump campaign’s explanations failed to quell critics.
McIver, co-author of some of Donald Trump’s books, said she offered to resign, but the Republican presidential nominee refused to accept her resignation.
She said it was an “innocent mistake.”