Well, this is awkward. There seems to have been some fraudulent behaviour going on within American politics as an inspiring speech made by Michelle Obama eight years ago seems to have been half stolen by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump for her Republican national convention address last night (July 18th 2016).

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Whoever the Trumps have got on the payroll to write their speeches needs to be fired, stat. Or given a medal for making Donald Trump look more of a fool than he already is. I mean, it's a pretty good idea to take inspiration from one of America's most popular woman - First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama - but to take her speech verbatim isn't the smartest move in a generation ruled by the internet.

Without YouTube and Twitter, it might've taken a few weeks for word to start getting around that Melania Trump appeared to have plagiarized Michelle Obama's inaugural Democratic convention address, but this didn't take more than a few hours. Already videos upon videos are being uploaded online comparing the two speeches, which are almost word-for-word the same:

'Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values. Like, you work hard for what you want in life', said Michelle Obama in 2008. Melania Trump in 2016? Well: 'From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life.' Hmm.

Michelle Obama, 2008: 'That your word is your bond, that you do what you say you're gonna do.'
Melania Trump, 2016: 'That your word is your bond, and you do what you say and keep your promise.'

Michelle Obama, 2008: 'That you treat people with dignity and respect.'
Melania Trump, 2016: 'That you treat people with respect.'

Michelle Obama, 2008: 'And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values and to pass them on to the next generation.'
Melania Trump, 2016: 'And we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow.'

Michelle Obama, 2008: '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 hard for them.'
Melania Trump, 2016: 'Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.'

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Melania has since responded to the uproar in the form of a statement from her spokesperson. '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', it said. 'Melania's immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.' 

There's no word yet on how much of this statement has been plagiarized, and Michelle Obama has remained silent on the matter.