Close-read: hoe Melania Trump de speech van Michelle Obama plagieerde

Met een vet Sloveens accent sprak Melania Trump, de vrouw van Donald Trump, gisteren de Republikeinse conventie toe in Cleveland. Een inspirerende toespraak, die Melania naar eigen zeggen schreef ‘met zo weinig mogelijk hulp’. Toch lijken gehele passages te zijn geplagieerd uit de conventietoespraak van Michelle Obama uit 2008.

De Amerikaanse nieuwswebsite Vox legde de passages naast elkaar. Vooral het volgende deel van Melania Trumps toespraak vertoont gigantische gelijkenissen:

My parents impressed on me the values: that you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise. That you treat people with respect. They taught me to show the values and morals in my daily life. That is the lesson that I continue to pass along to our son.

And we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. [Cheering] Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.

Michelle Obama, 2008:
And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them.

And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.

Inmiddels heeft het campagneteam van Trump gereageerd op de commotie: