Trump’s never gonna give you up. He’s never gonna let you down.
It’s funny, but there are a couple of serious issues that this reveals.
First: whoever wrote that speech is a mole. The insertion of the Michelle Obama plagiarism was no mistake. The speechwriter is trying to embarrass the Trumps. And they don’t mind making it perfectly obvious.
Second: it reveals just how pathetic the Trump campaign’s denials of the obvious plagiarism really are. Here’s the official statement:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former prosecutor, brushed off the controversy surrounding Melania Trump’s convention speech, saying he wouldn’t be able to make the case for plagiarism, “not when 93 percent of the speech is completely different.”
“This is once again an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down,” Manafort asserted on CNN.
“There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These were common words and values, that she cares about her family, things like that,” Manafort said, according to the Wall Street Journal. “I mean, she was speaking in front of 35 million people last night. She knew that. To think that she would be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy.”
It’s gaslighting, of course, because the speechwriter blatantly did crib Michelle Obama’s words, in much the same manner that a not-so-bright third grader might crib from Wikipedia:
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 19, 2016
It’s good to know that when they have an active mole inside their campaign, their reflexive desire to deny any and all wrongdoing will compel them to go into Baghdad Bob mode rather than seek out the mole.
Maybe it is part of a master plan. After all, nobody is talking about yesterday’s banana-republic style disregard for the rules today, are they?
UPDATE: It’s being reported that Matt Scully wrote the first draft of the speech. I know Matt Scully. He is a good guy and would not be involved in shenanigans of any sort. He wrote Sarah Palin’s 2008 convention speech, which was fantastic.