Ah... there's nothing like a dash of alleged plagiarizing to spice up a presidential campaign. At the Republican National Convention Monday night, presumptive nominee Donald Trump's wife, Melania, took the stage to sing his praises for the crowds. There was only one hold-up: parts of Trump's speech sounded a lot like Michelle Obama's speech in 2008 to the National Democratic Convention. The Trump campaign has denied plagiarism allegations, but entire paragraphs of Trump's speech follow Obama's suspiciously closely.
Jason Miller, the Trump campaign's senior communications adviser, told CNN:
In writing her beautiful speech, Melania's team of writers took notes on her life's inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. Melania's immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Trump herself told NBC shortly before her speech, "I read once over it and that’s all, because I wrote it, and with as little help as possible."
But when journalist Jarrett Hill listened to Trump's speech, he noticed that it sounded rather familiar — and when he dug deeper, he noticed an entire paragraph was virtually identical. Placed side-by-side with Obama's 2008 speech to the DNC, the similarities are hard to deny.
However, you know what they say: Another campaign fail, another day in paradise for comedians — or even for, you know, the average person looking to roast Donald Trump's presidential bid. Ever since the comparisons began, memes of Trump's RNC speech have taken over the internet, and they are so good. So good.
Without further ado, here are a few of the best memes that have emerged from Trump's 100 percent original speech that she reportedly wrote all by herself:
However, I haven't even gotten to the best part yet. Some critics have highlighted another, different portion of Trump's RNC speech and wondered if it was influenced by someone else's words — namely, singer Rick Astley's. During the speech, Trump said of her husband:
He will never, ever give up. And most importantly, he will never, ever let you down.
Sound familiar? If so, it's because Trump — whether willingly or unwittingly — pulled a Rickroll on the entire RNC audience, including snippets that sounded surprisingly similar to Astley's 1987 hit, "Never Gonna Give You Up," in which Astley sings, "Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you."
It's been a rather depressing couple of weeks for the world. I never thought I would applaud plagiarism, but I couldn't think of a better thing to wake up to on Tuesday than a Twitter full of RNC speech memes. It seems the comedy gods have smiled down on the world once again.