To the admission from a Trump staffer that she lifted phrases and ideas from a 2008 speech from future first lady Michelle Obama for a speech delivered by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, on Monday at the Republican National Convention. Meredith McIver, a 65-year-old co-author of several books with Trump, said that as she and Melania were preparing her speech, Melania mentioned that she admired Obama and read to McIver parts of the first lady’s 2008 speech at the Democratic convention. McIver said she had inadvertently left portions of the Obama speech in the final draft. “This was my mistake,” she wrote, saying she offered her resignation, but the Trumps rejected it. “Mr. Trump told me that people make innocent mistakes and that we learn and grow from these experiences.” It was a deeply embarrassing mistake for the Trump campaign, which is already fending off many other accusations. For a campaign so inherently built on the idea that the Obama administration has been a failure to essentially repeat speeches from that administration is a serious faux pas.