Melania's speech: Blame game among Republicans

A staff writer for the Trump Organization claims responsibility for Melania's speech controversy.

The plagiarism controversy over Mrs Melania Trump's speech has set off a blame game.

Some Republicans pointed their finger at the speechwriter who, they said, should be fired. Others said the media was at fault for hyping up the issue.

Yet there were also Republicans who were disappointed with the campaign's decision to flatly deny that parts of the speech may have been lifted from one that First Lady Michelle Obama had made in 2008.

In one part of her speech on Monday night, Mrs Trump said: "From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values 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."

Mrs Obama had said: "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."

Activist Vicki Berglund, 42, said Mr Donald Trump "should fire that speechwriter". Some supporters told The Straits Times they could well imagine themselves saying something similar if they were in Mrs Trump's shoes. Trump aides blamed Mrs Hillary Clinton and the liberal media for their bias against Mrs Trump.

But Trump critics felt strongly this showed that Mrs Trump, 46, a former model, was not the best choice for first lady. Said Ms Nancy Mancias, 46, an activist: "With her background, I don't think she is suited. I don't think she is qualified."

Melissa Sim

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 21, 2016, with the headline 'Melania's speech: Blame game among Republicans'. Print Edition | Subscribe