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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Did Melania go rogue?

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

Rosslyn Smith  "It appears official, and I can see how this could be the source of rumors that it has put the marriage in hot-water jeopardy.  She's reportedly upset, he's angry, and no fingers can be pointed within the campaign.

"I feel sorry for Melania, as she has always been in an uncomfortable position.  It is being reported that Melania Trump circumvented her husband's campaign speechwriters when preparing the text that dominated a days news cycle.  Here is what the N.Y. Times reported. 
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"While the list of similar acts of political plagiarism is long and bipartisan, three factors made this error particularly memorable.  One, it was the first exposure many Americans had to the somewhat reticent Melania Trump.  Within a couple of hours of the speech, the story changed forever from how Melania Trump's more humble demeanor and her delivery style were in positive contrast to that of the foreign-born and arrogant Teresa Heinz Kerry in 2004 to ridicule over the plagiarism.  Two, the passages involved the themes of honesty and integrity, which made the error both more newsworthy and less sympathetic.  And three, the text was lifted from the speech of an African-American Democrat rather than from a speech of the spouse of a Republican nominee.  Thus, it needlessly infuriated and energized some Democrats.
"This was an entirely unforced error that has to have the Trump campaign professionals pulling their hair out, as it was readily preventable."

NY Times: How Melania Trump’s Speech Veered Off Course and Caused an Uproar  . . . "Inside Trump Tower, it turned out, Ms. Trump had decided she was uncomfortable with the text, and began tearing it apart, leaving a small fraction of the original.

"Her quiet plan to wrest the speech away and make it her own set in motion the most embarrassing moment of the convention: word-for-word repetition of phrases and borrowed themes from Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic convention eight years ago." . . .
I hate to read this next, because it will be either Hillary or Trump, and it must not be Hillary.  
GOP Convention Has Become a Stomach-Churning Affair  . . . "Nor am I referring to the political malpractice that allowed Melania Trump to introduce herself to the country as a plagiarist. I have sympathy for Mrs. Trump. Obviously, the media overreacted to the plagiarism, but such overreactions are exactly why parties script out their conventions down to the punctuation marks. The media only want to cover what goes wrong, so you aim not to give them the opportunity. As a matter of ethics, the plagiarism was a triviality. But for the staffers who let it happen, it was a capital offense." . . .

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