Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ethics Doesn't Seem To Be A Trump Family Value

Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention:

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.

Melania Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention:

My parents impressed on me the value of 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. Show the values and morals in in the daily life. That is the lesson that we continue to pass on to our son.

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

That is blatant plagiarism, and plagiarism is theft. It is unethical. Some Republican apologists are trying to say it was not plagiarism (a ridiculous assertion), while others are blaming Melania's speech writers. This is silly. Melania told NBC News that she wrote the speech (with as little help as possible).

Which is it? Is Melania Trump a plagiarist, or is she a liar? Maybe it's both. But one thing seems clear -- that she is just like her husband (devoid of ethics).

Perhaps even more troubling is that the Trumps didn't think they would get caught stealing Michelle Obama's words. Did they truly not know there is an app on the internet to check for plagiarism -- one commonly used by college teachers to keep their students honest? Did they really think no one would notice?

It shows not only a lack of ethics in the Trump campaign, but also a lack of competence. Donald Trump is not competent enough to be president. He would be a disaster, and his wife would be an embarrassment as First Lady.


And lest you think Melania's plagiarism was an anomaly -- a one time mistake -- note the graphic below. She's not averse at all to stealing from others.


  1. What a brilliant PR move!

    Donald Trump's third wife, Melania Trump, plagiarized the last two paragraphs of Michelle Obama’s address to the Democratic convention in 2008, at the Republican convention

    In your face! - Buzzfeed reported that the 2008 speech was written by Sarah Hurwitz, a former speechwriter for Ms Clinton who now works as a special assistant to President Obama.

  2. That fact that my speech is like Michelle's just proves that she plagiarized me before I did mine!!!!!
    I can believe that...I've heard Donald's speeches.

  3. Mon cher 'Astings, let Papa Poirot explain it to you. When Inspector Gregson and I searched the Trump residence -- I borrowed the Inspector from my friend with the meerschaum, since the private gendarmes guarding the door would not let Inspector Japp search, because his name made them wonder if he was Oriental and therefore on the prohibited list -- we found that all the intmate things, towels, bedding, pillowcases, all were labeled with either a 'D' or an 'M.' It became obvious, studying the psychology of the individual -- especially when Madame Trump heard me go "Mon Dieu" and said "But I thought I was the only one who called my husband that" -- that Madame Trump was so desperate to follow her nstructions, and so much, ow you say, needy, that she was used to grabbing on to, and holding as her own, anything labeled with an 'M.'
    The lady had obviously seen a folder on a desk, as someone had collected, for her husband, the good words so he would not have to take his valuable time reading whole pages. But she, being kept from her husband's business dealings, since he believes no woman could possibly understand such things -- not one he would have married, at least -- didn't know that, and thought the 'M' did not represent the author's first names, but meant it was a folder she could borrow freely from.
    You see, mon cher Astings, understaning the person always explains the crime.


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