Krista McNallyJul 19, 2016, 5:51 pm

Did Melania Trump’s RNC speech help or hurt her family’s reputation?

Whether parts of address were copied from Michelle Obama’s DNC appearance in 2008 remains unknown

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The first day of the Republican National Convention was not without controversy.

There's plenty of talk about the speech given by Donald Trump's wife, Melania, but it's for all the wrong reasons.

On the kickoff night of the RNC, Melania Trump was introduced by her husband Donald and gave a 15-minute speech. The problem is that part of that speech echoed the words of Michelle Obama’s speech back in 2008.

"The values that you work hard for what you want in life. That your work is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise,” Mrs. Trump said.

"You work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond, that you do what you say you are going to do,” Mrs. Obama said.

Seven percent of the 15-minute speech by Mrs. Trump is very similar to that of Mrs. Obama.

Kara Alaimo, assistant professor of public relations at Hofstra University and former spokesperson for the U.S. Treasury in the Obama administration, says this was a missed opportunity for the Trumps to come off as authentic.

"I think this was really a missed opportunity, because in the part of Melania Trump's speech that mirrors Obama’s speech, she was talking about what her parents taught her,” Alaimo said. “What can be more personal than what you learned from your parents?”

However, RNC delegate from Long Island, John Jay Lavalle, tells us that Melania Trump gave the best speech of the evening and gave the American people a window into the amazing people that are the Trumps. He had this to say about the allegations that her speech was partially plagiarized:

"I think that's ridiculous. The words spoken by Michelle Obama were generic words that people use all the time. In fact, I have used some of the same jargon in my own speeches. Where Michelle Obama ever thought that she had a license on common speak is a little extraordinary."

The debate on whether Melania’s speech was plagiarized, and who wrote that part of the speech, continues.

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