Elec­tion: Trump’s wife ac­cused of pla­gia­rism

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Don­ald Trump’s wife, Me­la­nia, took cen­tre stage on the first day of the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion but faced ac­cu­sa­tions that a por­tion of her speech pla­gia­rised Michelle Obama.

Her speech, which brought the con­ven­tion to its feet, had themes of in­clu­siv­ity, hon­esty and hard work.

Com­men­ta­tors no­ticed sim­i­lar­i­ties with Mrs Obama’s 2008 con­ven­tion speech.

But Mr Trump’s team said Mrs Trump used “com­mon words” and blamed Hil­lary Clin­ton for the row.

“There’s no crib­bing of Michelle Obama’s speech,” said Paul Manafort, Mr Trump’s cam­paign man­ager.

“I mean, this is, once again, an ex­am­ple of when a wo­man threat­ens Hil­lary Clin­ton, how she seeks out to de­mean her and take her down,’’ he added.

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