Look, it’s only cheating if you get caught. Everyone who’s ever written a University essay knows this to be an absolute truth.

But goddamn, if you’re lifting unattributed blocks of text from somewhere to pass off as your own words, you’ve gotta pick your spots.

A first year 1,000 word undergrad essay on the importance of maintaining metaphor integrity in Shakespearean film adaptations? Sure. Go nuts. Rip that shit all you want.

But a speech at the Republican National Convention in support of your partner who is running for President? Yeah, nah. You might want to give Google Books a miss on that.

Donald Trump is currently enjoying the ultimate ego gobby that is the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Keynote speakers as diverse as actor Scott Baio and Willie Robertson of the A&E reality TV series ‘Duck Dynasty‘ have spoken in favour of Trump and about how Obama is a muslim and how back in the good old days that one place on the corner sold grilled cheese and milkshakes but now there’s a Whole Foods across the road what the heck?

But I digress.

Trump’s wife Melania addressed the baying masses in Cleveland earlier today, with a speech that was surprisingly stirring. Despite it being her second language, Melania (who has been working as a speechwriter for the past six-odd years) captivated the crowd with her words that were at once moving, humbling, and wholly familiar.

Actually come to think of it, they were too familiar.

And that feeling of familiarity is not a coincidence, because as it turns out, a giant chunk of it was lifted pretty much verbatim from Michelle Obama‘s 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention.

S-E-R-I-O-U-S-L-Y.

Cop the side-by-side comparison, why don’t you.

The wife of the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee just plagiarised a speech made by the current, sitting, Democratic First Lady of the United States. Wonders: They truly never cease.

The internet being the internet, the joke machine immediately swung into overdrive, digging up a surprising amount of quotes Melania has made in the past that suddenly sound extremely suspect.

Who would’ve thought after all this time such wisdom would prove to be theft?

The nerve of it all.

Source: Twitter.

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