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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

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.

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