Trump organization staffer claims responsibility for Melania’s convention speech
CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Trump organization staffer identified herself as the person responsible for plagiarism in Melania’s Trump convention speech and offered her resignation Wednesday.
Meredith McIver apologized in a statement sent out by the campaign and said the Trumps did not accept her resignation.
McIver explained that she included the passages from Obama’s speech after listening to Melania Trump read passages from the 2008 speech over the phone.
“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.”
However, other reports are causing more questions for the the Trump campaign.
According to documents obtained by NBC News, the original draft of Melania Turmp’s speech did not include the section that appears to have been lifted from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech.
Melania Trump told NBC News on Monday, just hours before delivering the speech, that she wrote most of it herself.
“I read it once over, and that’s all because I wrote it with as little help as possible,” she told TODAY’s Matt Lauer.
Republican National Committee Communications Director Sean Spicer fought off suggestions that Melania’s speech could have been plagiarized. Instead, he linked some of her remarks to quotes from celebrities and the children’s television show “My Little Pony.”
“A simple Google search of three phrases comes up with everything from Sparkle Pony to John Legend to Akon,” Spicer said on MSNBC.