The Republican National Convention has had its share of “meme-able” moments in recent years — and Donald Trump and his wife Melania are no different.
It became obvious shortly after Melania Trump ended her speech at the RNC that portions of it were lifted straight from Michelle Obama’s address at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. They say imitation is the best form of flattery, but straight up plagiarism is probably not what they meant.
Unfortunately, the speech’s “copycat” nature didn’t end there. People quickly realized that if Melania Trump was willing to pull inspiration from the current first lady, she might have borrowed a few lines from other places. It didn’t take long for them to realize that her speech also contains a few lines that bear a striking resemblance to the popular song by Rick Astley commonly used to “Rickroll” people, “Never Gonna Give You Up.”
The RNC’s chief strategist, Sean Spicer, later tried to justify the similarities by bringing “My Little Pony,” Akon and John Legend into the mix. According to him, people are overreacting to some vague word association, which he proved by quoting lyrics and lines from these artists.
We’re not sure that widening the scope of Melania Trump’s plagiarism was the right move here, but to each his own.
Unfortunately for the RNC, the Internet just isn’t buying this “overreacting” argument at all. The hashtag #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes was trending on Twitter less than an hour after she left the stage, and people are still filling it up with excerpts from famous movies, TV shows and speeches that were quite obviously not the work of Melania or her speech writers.