August 05

The Most Significant Part of the Melania Speech Hysteria

Melania Trump gave a knockout speech her first night of the Republican National Convention. Donald Trump popped in early just to introduce her. She looked stunning, and captivated the crowd. The focus was immigration, and her love for this country. As immigration is definitely one of Trump’s most hot topic issues, she is an asset to him in this way. But by Tuesday morning, the media reaction took a dramatic turn.

Twitter first started the noise, and the networks quickly picked it up, that there were major parts of Melania’s speech that mirrored Michelle Obama’s speech in 2008. The next cry was plagiarism, and how the speech was a failure instead of success. Everyone started to ask who the speech writer was, and showed this as a perfect example that Trump is unfit to be commander-in-chief. Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign director, said “somebody should be held accountable,” and the next step, of course, would be for Trump to fire them.

Instead, Trump blew the whole situation off, promising his wife did not plagiarize. The campaign released the statement:

“In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflector her own thinking. Melanie’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.”

Never one, did Turmp or his team apologize for plagiarism.

Then, Meredith McIver, Melania’s speech writer, released a lonnger statement. She said that while on the phone, Melania read part of Michelle Obama’s speech, as Melania has always “admired” the First Lady, and wanted to use it as an example. Mica said she “wrote it down,” and it somehow made its way into the final speech.

But what is most significant is that although McIver handed in her resignation, Trump would not accept it. He, instead, told her that it was an honest mistake which helps people “learn and grow.” As a candidate who promises to create jobs, this is huge. Most people, if this happened to their wife as the keynote for your convention in a hard fought primary, would be furious. And in that fury, the natural reaction would be to fire the speech writer. And that very speech writer would then have an extremely hard time ever finding a new job. McIver, if fired, would have a black mark on her resume she could never erase. Her career would have been ruined.

In a campaign, you are always looking for a candidate who walks the walk instead of just talks the talks. While a candidate can say a lot of things, they have to point to examples to prove it. This is an event the media will not pick up on, because it is easier to focus on Melania’s “plagiarism” than what happened afterwards. But this, in fact, is one of the most glowing examples that Trump does value jobs, and will work to help create or sustain them.