Donald Trump Jr. firmly supported stepmom Melania Trump during an interview at the RNC on July 19, in her plagiarism scandal. Don Jr. said First Lady Michelle Obama shouldn’t get an apology for having her speech lifted. Damn!
Donald Trump Jr. told World News Tonight anchor David Muir, on night 2 of the Republican National Convention, that he did not believe Michelle Obama was owed an apology for being plagiarized. There were incredible similarities between her 2008 DNC speech and Melania Trump‘s RNC speech on July 18 — sometimes word-for-word.
“I don’t know that Michelle Obama…or whoever is involved in this…I don’t think [they should get an apology],” Donald Jr. said. “I don’t think this is something of that magnitude. I mean, I think, I understand from a media perspective trying to create a much bigger story out of something than it is, but I really don’t think so…I don’t at all.”
The Trump campaign, and the Trump family, has gone wild defending the use of “similarities” to Michelle’s speech in Melania’s own. Their reasons for the lifted paragraphs have ranged from simply “using common words,” notes taken on “her own ideals”, and of course, somehow blaming this whole fiasco on Hillary Clinton. Seriously.
Yes, Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort said that if it weren’t for the Hillary campaign pointing out the plagiarism, the story would not have blown up the way it did. Okay, Paul! David asked Donald Jr. if the similarities between the two speeches bothered him in any way.
“I don’t think there was anything in [Melania’s speech] that was that novel in terms of those particular lines,” Donald Jr. said. “I saw some pretty common words in there. Honestly, you know, there was no novel thought in that. … What I was more concerned about and what I was more proud of her about, was she was able to get on that stage, having never done this before. … That she was able to do that for my father is amazing.”
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked that Donald Jr. doesn’t think the first lady deserves an apology? Tell us in the comments!