Donald Trump Rejects Melania Speech Writer's Resignation

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Following calls yesterday for the Trump campaign to "fire somebody," over the Melania-speech-plagiarism debacle, Meredith McIver - the Trump staff-writer responsible for the 'passages' from Michelle Obama's speech - has offered her resignation... but Donald Trump rejected it as an "innocent mistake.". McIver's statement notes "no harm was meant" to Michelle Obama.

This rejected resignation comes after calls from various establishment Republicans to "fire somebody" over the debacle...

The Donald Trump campaign should take action against whoever is responsible for the similarities between Melania Trump’s address at the Republican National Convention and Michelle Obama’s convention speech in 2008, some Republicans gathered here said Tuesday.


Trump’s ex-campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, on CNN called for his one-time rival Paul Manafort to resign if he was the last person to sign off on Trump’s primetime speech. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said the speechwriter should probably be fired.


And Donald Trump’s presidential rival-turned-surrogate Ben Carson said the author of the speech should have to undergo some kind of media training.

Full statement


As Politico notes, McIver is listed as a co-author, i.e. ghostwriter, on several of Trump's books, including "How to Get Rich" and "Think Like a Billionaire."

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ironicmerman's picture
ironicmerman (not verified) Jul 20, 2016 12:45 PM

Yay!  Gracious Trump, Savior of America!  And the fanboys go wild!

nope-1004's picture

Is Meredith that naive to believe no one would catch the plagiarism?


ironicmerman's picture
ironicmerman (not verified) nope-1004 Jul 20, 2016 12:48 PM

The second-to-last paragraph doesn't seem genuine.

bloofer's picture

That's because you have to hire a professional writer to compose a resignation letter for release to the media. Duh.

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) bloofer Jul 20, 2016 1:31 PM

Lol she likes Michelle Obama - that's the punchline

HowdyDoody's picture

'Last week, as the draft Republican platform was leaked, Trump proudly tweeted that it was the “most pro-Israel of all time!” Avoiding any mention of a two-state solution, it states: “Support for Israel is an expression of Americanism. … We reject the false notion that Israel is an occupier."'

'The capitulation was so complete that even the Anti-Defamation League, a New York-based apologist group for Israel, called the platform “disappointing” and urged the Republican convention to “reconsider”. After all, even Netanyahu pays lip service to the need for a Palestinian state.'

The ADL has told the Republicans to turn it down, don't make their servitude so obvious.

Trump or Clinton will be the US President for Israel with both sides giving support dialled all the way to 11.

N2OJoe's picture

So the ole' Hillary defense. It's ok because she didn't mean to plagarize, even though we have written proof that she did.

barndoor's picture

This admission just doesn't check-out.  

Yesterday the Trump camp stated, in no uncertain terms, that the speech was not cribbed.  There is no way they would have made this statement if the speech was in fact plagiarized.  

I mean, they would look like total assclowns denying that the speech was plagiarized, especially when the wording of several sentences was virtually identical.  No one would falsely deny something so apparently obvious.

My theory is that Clinton somehow got to this writer and is causing them to say things that simply are not true.

Bob's picture

I don't really care about all this . . . but here's a hilarious spoof of Melania by a dead-ringer. If you can't laugh, you're so far into Trump's end of the matrix that you've lost your sense of humor:

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

That's smooooth.  A great way to silence the Obamas and their barking Media lap dogs.

Also a great way to maintain focus on THEIR Narrative (about the Economy, Security, Country and Clinton).

Crash Overide's picture

How is this even a story?


Can we go back to talking about all the crimes Hillary Clinton has committed and the rampant fraud in her foundation?

Dog Will Hunt's picture

This isn't an either/or thing.  One can easily devote energy to both (unless, of course, it's somehow inconvenient to call out the Trump camp for their bullshit).  

Bob's picture

The people making a big deal of plagiarism are typically educated people who've had such values drilled into them . . . the kind of people most associated with Political Correctness and, consequently, the people other people most like to hate.  They don't care if Trump is a liar--long as he forcefully gives the finger to those kind of people who are gonna "make a big deal about it." Not being open to any kind of reason nor knowing any shame--or even pretending to--just drives those people nuts!

He may have been right about what would happen if he shot somebody in the middle of 5th Avenue.  It could only increase his popularity. 

It's blowback on Political Correctness, I think.  Sure, it's also like the end of civility and all that fancy stuff . . . but the times are right for it and they've essentially created--not found, but created--their own Star in the Donald.  Greed is good. 

Blowback's a bitch.  Just like our wars in the ME, police brutality at home, and the coming Police State for all. 

Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.  It all comes back around eventually. 

Long as it ain't Hillary, just hold on to your sense of humor and ready yourselves for a wild ride ahead!

N2OJoe's picture

Exactly, it's a story because Trump just spit in the bastards eyes again.

adanata's picture


It's a story because the media says it is... aaaaand here we are.

Looney's picture


This Just In!!!

Hillary is a victim of a botched plastic surgery!

She went in expecting to get Double-D breast implants.

She came out with lactating Double-D Cankles.

Looney   ;-)

The_Juggernaut's picture

Is this real or staged?  Either way, Trump destroys his critics once again.  He's not someone I would have chosen to run this shitshow, but it's amazing to watch him go.

CrazyCooter's picture

If nothing else, it is entertaining!



froze25's picture

If by Republican establishment "calling for him to fire someone" you mean the ~50 Rinos that will lose by Trump being elected that some how get ridiculous media air time repeating their BS. Then good, ignore them Donald, they only wish to harm you and no one cares what they think anyway. Who actually called for someone to be fired? Give me a name with a quote. Trump 2016

SilverRhino's picture

This is baaically on par with watching the gladiators defy the Caesar, showing mercy and the vulgar mob goes wild.  


Very entertaining theater and he poops all over his critics.  

44_shooter's picture

Silly Sheeple - since you haven't figured it out yet, I'll let you in on it.   IT'S ALL STAGED.

LoneStarHog's picture

Look up the word ARROGANT and then look in the mirror.

CheapBastard's picture

The wookie's speeches inspired me also esp when the wookie said, "your word is your bond... a sign of your character."


Considering Soweto Obama broke just about every promise he made to the American people, his character according to the wookie's definition stinks like week old escobar.

Son of Loki's picture

I don't care what Mrs Trump says although she is obviously very graceful and poised.


She has my vote!

froze25's picture

Still waiting to see a picture of Michele Obama from High School, or as a child, or pregnant. My wife has thousands of them. I find it hard to believe that there are none in those categories for the first lady on the internet.

drendebe10's picture

A pelvis xray of the wookie would confirm without a doubt what gender the thing is....  

IndyPat's picture

O's beard has a wang thang.
That old juice fashion hag got offed for pointing this out.
Can't remember her name.

Pickleton's picture

She should've had those damn St Bernard jowls looked at.



J S Bach's picture

Seems pretty sincere to me... naive, but sincere.

You don't see humility like this much these days... especially in the political arena.

CrazyCooter's picture

I think Trump is rewriting the book as he is an astute politician for modern media (i.e. social media, internet) whereas most of the other pols are steeped in traditional media (i.e. the 6 o'clock new hour). The way you sell your message/product/propaganda is very different between the two.

So, the traditional medial is going to try to control the "trump is a d-bag" narrative, but he is going to tweet this and anyone who follows online outlets is going to see it. He is setting up and knocking down the traditional media in a pretty effective manner - which is how he survived the caged octogon Republican primary.



otschelnik's picture

Agree with that Cooter.  I've known some really successful businessmen, and they all had the knack of zeroing in on what is important and disregarding everything else.  Concerning the Melania plagiarism tempest, seems to me Trump appreciates that its not that important.

noless's picture

Anyone who isn't completely retarded already sees a system so steeped in fraud that no justice can be done for actual crimes to begin with, not sweating bullshit like this is what makes him appear honest, that must be infuriating to people who built their entire career on the old model of scamming folks, it's barely different.

44_shooter's picture

Almost like a daytime soap opera.....hmmm.....

Pickleton's picture

writing some ridiculous letter of apoplogy after you get caught stealing has nothing to do with humility.

J S Bach's picture

A bit aggressive, Pickleton.  "Stealing" is a strong word.  Using your definition, we might accuse Beethoven of "stealing" ideas from Mozart, because his early works are very akin to his great predecessor.  Everything that we are is actually more of what people before us were.  They influence us and we (hopefully) build upon their ideas.

That being said, whoever this speech writer for Melania is... she didn't use enough discretion nor do enough homework in comparing the substance of the oration she composed.  That, she "humbly" admits... thus, my use of the word "humility" to describe her faux pas.

Jim in MN's picture

She heard them in Melania's voice.  Nothing like Michelle's.

Son of Loki's picture

Melania's voice is melodic. She also walks like a woman unlike the wookie.

Omerta's picture

Two phrases is hardly plagiarism.

Bendromeda Strain's picture

But you forgot the Astley! Did she read her the lyrics or just Rickroll her?

rodocostarica's picture

Exactly Omerta! Listen to the whole speech. 16 minutes. Was very good IMHO and so what if a couple of lousy phrases were stolen from the tranny queen. Another example of Trump backing up loyal people who admit  mistakes and move on. Bravo Donald! Poor Melania doing such a good job with her speech only to be ridiculed by PC media.


Pickleton's picture

but a whole paragraph where you change a few words is.  That's disingenuous at best.  I call it a lie.

LoneStarHog's picture

It is NOT plagiarism!...Damn!...Turn off the MSM crap and do some basic Intellectual Property Law, and specifically Copyright Law research.

20-20 Hindsight's picture

Plagiarism = copyright infringement. What Melania (and/or the speechwriter) did is downright embarrassing, if nothing else.  


Yet, the real question is this, however: was this done on purpose?  One needs to wonder, since anything that Trump does wrong always seems to end up looking benign compared to what the Clintons did / are still doing.  Comparisons are inevitable and perception is everything.  Trump knows this and he's playing everyone like a fiddle. 

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Masterstroke in humility by Trump. Respect. 


ironicmerman's picture
ironicmerman (not verified) Dame Ednas Possum Jul 20, 2016 12:50 PM


Bollixed's picture

6 weeks 5 days and every one of your drivelisms is anti Trump. Let me guess... you're a strong proponent of the minimum wage hike for purely selfish reasons. Unless, of course, you're being paid in potatoes.

HopefulCynical's picture

Well, his herp and his derp are both set to potato...

I M DeMan's picture

The Trump team just schlonged Hillary and the wookie pretty hard.


Donald is such a Trump Meister I can hardly wait to see him dealing with these foreign leaders. He will outsmart them at every move.

drendebe10's picture

Absolutely well done by her and by Trump.   As for the  liberal leftie MSM and progressive liberal democraps blowing this out of proportion and making it a big deal out of a fuzz ball, fukemall and the jackazz the rode in on...  those turds need to get a real life....