Trump speechwriter apologizes for Melania Trump's speech

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  • H. Bob Salt Lake City, UT
    July 22, 2016 9:33 a.m.

    What's really amazing is that hardly anyone's pointing out that if this story is true (and who knows, since it's about the tenth explanation), it's also illegal for a "staff writer" for the Trump Corporation to have done work, paid or not, for the Trump campaign. It's small potatoes, but it certainly adds to the unease the rest of us have about Trump's commitment to telling the truth. A pathological liar will lie when the truth is easier to tell.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    July 21, 2016 3:43 p.m.

    Where is Mia Love?

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    July 21, 2016 3:36 p.m.

    Oh, and it just sounds so much better coming from Melania.

  • Vanceone Provo, UT
    July 21, 2016 12:44 p.m.

    Democrats: the party of "Let's commit treason for personal gain, and praise those who do it!, but the worst person in the world is a speechwriter for Donald Trump!"

    Ask Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy about selling US secrets for gain; they fully, fully endorse it. Progressive heroes include the Rosenbergs, who gave the Soviet Union all the information they needed for atomic weapons--some of the greatest heroes leftists have, in fact. They are proud of spitting on Vietnam and Iraq War veterans; and as so eloquently shown recently, leftists celebrate and praise thugs who murder cops while, as one leftist journalist said, a mother of a soldier whom Hillary killed "Needs to be beaten to death with my bare hands."

    Yes, leftists hate America and morality, while praising communism and sadistic, leftist societies like Cuba, North Korea, and Venezuela.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    July 21, 2016 12:37 p.m.

    Donald Trump is not incompetent. Just look at his record as a businessman and as a father. "Incompetent"? Not so much.

    "Narcissistic". Not so much there, either. Most of you, and I, have never met nor associated with him. I have to take the word of those who have, not those who have not.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    July 21, 2016 11:48 a.m.

    I guess we all think that JFK's "ask not" phrase was original with him. Turns out, probably not. And, I
    am quite sure we all remember Hillary Clinton's "willful suspension of disbelief" which sounded so original and erudite at the time, was not her phrase at all. She got that from one of her professors at Yale. I personally researched that one. Yet she gave no credit to the originator.

    Seems like some people have an inherent right to various words and phrases while others do not. Guess it just depends on which political party one belongs to. And, of course, which candidates the liberal media fawn over.

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    July 21, 2016 11:35 a.m.

    "Yeah, our candidate is an incompetent, narcissistic buffoon, who has no interest in governance."
    "But Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    That's the Republicans in a nutshell. And I mean nutshell.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 20, 2016 8:48 p.m.

    Bountiful,

    Thanks for proving my point. This article is not about Hillary, yet we have to introduce her because the republican party, the party of morals and virtues really isn't they just aren't as bad as the democrats, or at least in their minds.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    July 20, 2016 8:28 p.m.

    @ 1978

    "How do you deal with the heat and humidity?"

    We go to Utah. :)

    Here's hoping your next trip here takes place in February or March!

  • 1978 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 20, 2016 3:27 p.m.

    @KarenR

    "neither of the major candidates deserve the loyalty, rationalizations, or low standards they're being given. Neither seem inclined to rise any higher than what we're demanding. So let's start demanding a higher standard."

    I completely and totally agree with the above statement. BTW I was just in Houston earlier this month. How do you deal with the heat and humidity? It made me not feel so bad about our long winters.

  • Bountiful Guy Bountiful, UT
    July 20, 2016 2:03 p.m.

    @Fred44

    "We all make mistakes, own them and move on, don't spin them and don't blame others."

    Amazing that you can see that Hillary does this and moves on. Wow. When did she do this? For which of her countless many-times-a-year "mistakes" did she admit them and move on. She denies them and moves on until she gets caught. Then declines to admit wrong doing. I'm sorry, but this election is about Hillary and Donald.

    You are right about one thing, and one thing only, Trump took too long to 'own' this, and it may not be the truth.

  • Hoosier87 American Fork, UT
    July 20, 2016 2:00 p.m.

    What? What is going on here? For real, I'm confused.

    If something important were plagiarized of course there would be an issue. But to plagiarize "I want my children to be happy" - really, is that even worth commenting on? Now if you were upset at say Chris Christie's speech, then I'd think you have something. Cause he destroyed Hillary!

    Maybe this is just an attempt to distract from the real issues - who knows?

    I thought Melania was spectacular - gorgeous too - but she did sound like one of the Bond girls. I also think she'll make a way better First Lady than Bill Clinton will...

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    July 20, 2016 1:14 p.m.

    Grannie said: "I admire the integrity of the speechwriter. I would vote for her in a minute just because of her honesty." and
    "the integrity of the speechwriter should not be diminished in all the fussing about things that don't matter. She is a hero."

    My goodness but the moral standards we hold ourselves to these days has fallen.

    Would I be a hero too if I plagiarized in my doctoral thesis, but then admitted to it AFTER I got busted?

    You're right in one thing, though. Michelle Obama's 2008 speech was beautiful and inspirational to many people, Melania Trump included.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 20, 2016 12:58 p.m.

    A lot of deflection going on here, but there's no denying if this situation were reversed it would be the next benghazi on these pages.
    Does not punting the speechwriter make trump a saint all of a sudden? He's got decades of recorded and documented vulgarity, crudity, rudeness, meanness, egotism, sexism, philandering, and bankruptcy to his name. And a playboy cover appearance.
    So, no.

  • The Bossman Richfield, UT
    July 20, 2016 12:55 p.m.

    Impartial7

    No, they only call for congressional investigations when you LIE to congress and put national security at risk. The uproar about this is so hilarious it's frightening. Those who are most worked up about this are the same ones who will not admit Hillary LIED and put national security at risk even though the FBI proved she did. Saying this is plagiarism is like making every graduation speech that starts "Today is the first day of our lives" give back their diploma! Unreal.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    July 20, 2016 12:51 p.m.

    As with Watergate, the Lewinsky affair, and so many other scandals, the political heat is not so much in the initial offense but the response (denial, cover-up). Lifting a few lines from a speech is not a big scandal. It could have been handled easily by a simple and immediate "Oops, our bad. We were using hers as a reference and got carried away." President Obama owned up to the Deval Patrick plagiarism and the fuss evaporated. Instead, the Trump campaign, as it often does, doubled down, first denying the similarity in the remarks, then blaming the Clinton campaign for publicizing them (when numerous media outlets reported it first). Now it's a speechwriter goof. The shifting narrative is the real scandal.

    Things weren’t helped when Melania Trump minimized the role of outside speechwriters when she told a reporter she had written the speech herself "with as little help as possible." By now letting a subordinate take the heat and acknowledging that the speech was ghostwritten, the campaign is suggesting Ms. Trump is not a plagiarist but merely a liar. Hardly an improvement when your campaign strategy consists of painting your opponent as "crooked" and untrustworthy.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 20, 2016 12:45 p.m.

    Why do we assume this is the truth? It take almost two days to get this story out there, which doesn't match the initial stories. Or could this be the story that Trump handlers finally came up with that put he and his wife in the best light?

    For those of you who immediately jump on Hillary, this is not about her, but typical of the republican mentality, find someone on the other side who you determine is worse and try to excuse the republican misbehavior.

    We all make mistakes, own them and move on, don't spin them and don't blame others. If you are the party of morality, then demonstrate it. This story is being spun, don't spin it admit it, fix it and move on. Acting like a six year old kid who gets caught doing something wrong and says ya but Sally did worse is not very becoming of the party that claims such a high level of morality.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    July 20, 2016 12:40 p.m.

    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the Democrats should be ecstatic about the fact that Mrs. Trump quoted Mrs. Obama. Gosh, nit-pick every little things until the actual words of what was said mean nothing....that's the real agenda of the Democrats, apparently.

    What a weird election choice we have this year.....and then there's Hillary, who is no choice at all for anything Americans should embrace.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    July 20, 2016 12:35 p.m.

    @ 1978

    "Hmmm... Not quite the horrible nasty human being that all the critics of Trump want to make him out to be."

    Yes, he was very forgiving of Mike Pence's vote to go into Iraq, too...yet admittedly not so forgiving of Hillary for casting the same vote. So this isn't a sign of being a nice guy, but rather of being a guy unashamed to openly apply a double standard.

    Anticipating the reflexive retort...No, this doesn't mean anything "good" about Hillary, so relax. It isn't about her or Trump. It's about people being honest about why they're supporting someone. It's about not asking others to pretend along with you that the person you're supporting hasn't repeatedly shown poor judgment or a lack of honesty and integrity.

    IMO, neither of the major candidates deserve the loyalty, rationalizations, or low standards they're being given. Neither seem inclined to rise any higher than what we're demanding. So let's start demanding a higher standard. They'll respond when they're polls numbers drop, I guarantee it.

  • grannie Santa Clara, UT
    July 20, 2016 12:24 p.m.

    I admire the integrity of the speechwriter. I would vote for her in a minute just because of her honesty. I admire Mrs. Trump for not being afraid to articulate heartfelt beliefs and for recognizing truth coming from someone whose side she may not be on. I admire Mrs. Obama for expressing her beliefs---- beliefs ( at least those particular ones) she shares with many of us. The "plagiarized" phrases were almost cliches--- true, but not original or even particularly eloquent. . The message of both women was far more important than ownership of those phrases. We would go a long way toward the "unity" everyone talks about if we would recognize the good in others. And finally, again, the integrity of the speechwriter should not be diminished in all the fussing about things that don't matter. She is a hero.

  • Liberal On Planet Zion SLC, UT
    July 20, 2016 12:23 p.m.

    Hoosier87
    American Fork, UT

    "Is it true to say that the liberals are more upset and trying to make a bigger deal out of Melania's speech - which was awesome by the way - than they are about Hillary's long history of craziness"?

    Melania's speech was "awesome" by the way because it wasn't her speech! Cannot imagine the comments and rhetoric if the situation was reversed. Continue grasping right wing extremists. Begin practicing..."Welcome Madam President"!

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    July 20, 2016 11:58 a.m.

    If only Hillary was guilty of such a small thing...but she's not. Liberals don't have any room to be upset at something like this.

  • Bountiful Guy Bountiful, UT
    July 20, 2016 11:49 a.m.

    I'm glad someone finally admitted the truth. Yesterday's explanation of coincidence was pretty lame. I wonder if Impartial7 will ever get Hillary to admit her crimes, or if there's a slightest concern that so many lies are told by her and her team. Remember when she denied a criminal investigation or that she did anything wrong? Reports show she did not tell the truth. And what about decades of this. I recall that she blamed the right-wing conspiracy for the false reporting of Bill's improprieties. And she knew at the time the reports were true.

    Double standard Impartial7?

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    July 20, 2016 11:47 a.m.

    At least, Melania Trump is in good company! Michelle Obama plagiarizes Saul Olinsky, Barack Obama plagiarizes Gov. Deval Patrick. And now the same media who is crucifying Melania, said that Obama's were only guilty of poor footnoting!

  • Hoosier87 American Fork, UT
    July 20, 2016 11:35 a.m.

    Is it true to say that the liberals are more upset and trying to make a bigger deal out of Melania's speech - which was awesome by the way - than they are about Hillary's long history of craziness?

    I'm a little more concerned about thousands of Classified emails than I am about a few words that "appear" to be plagiarized.

    Matter of perspective I guess...

  • 1978 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 20, 2016 11:33 a.m.

    One thing not listed in this article but printed in the Washington Examiner is the following quote from the speech writer:

    "Yesterday, I offered my resignation to Mr. Trump and the Trump family, but they rejected it," said Meredith McIver, an in-house speechwriter for the Trump campaign. "Mr. Trump told me that people make innocent mistakes and that we learn and grow from these experiences."

    Hmmm... Not quite the horrible nasty human being that all the critics of Trump want to make him out to be.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    July 20, 2016 11:31 a.m.

    What happened to "You're fired!"? If Hillary's team plagiarized a speech, Republicans would be calling for a Congressional investigation & Trump would say it's a sign of incompetence from her team.