On Monday evening, Melania Trump was caught with her hands in the Obamas’ cookie jar when she stole part of her convention speech from the FLOTUS’ 2008 DNC speech. The entire news cycle was dominated by excuses from the Trump Campaign on Tuesday and Melania was humiliated. So, you would think that would teach the family to stop being lying little thieving liars….but apparently not.
On Tuesday night, Donald Trump Jr, spoke about his father at the RNC. It was full of the usual Trump bullshit, Republican lies and a little bit of plagiarism. During his address, Trump Jr. said:
Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class. Now they’re stalled on the ground floor. They’re like Soviet-era department stores that are run for the benefit of the clerks and not the customers.
According to The Daily Show, little Trump lifted that section of his speech from an article published in The American Conservative on May 2, 2016 entitled ” Trump vs. the New Class.” In the article, the author, F.H. Buckley said:
What should be an elevator to the upper class is stalled on the ground floor…Our schools and universities are like the old Soviet department stores whose mission was to serve the interests of the sales clerks not the customers.
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) July 20, 2016
This is obvious plagiarism, just like Melania’s speech was, but how could it have happened two days in a row?!
Well, apparently, Donald Trump Jr.’s speechwriter for his RNC speech was none other than F.H. Buckley. The writer told Business Insider:
I was a speechwriter for this speech. So I’m afraid there’s no issue here. I was a speechwriter for the speech. So there’s not a plagiarism issue.
So, apparently, Buckley didn’t think Trump Jr. was important enough to give him original content — or he was super lazy. What’s funnier is that even after the Melania controversy, Trump’s speechwriter didn’t stop and think,”Hey, maybe I should take that line I copied from my article two months ago out of the speech.” That shows how little respect he has for the man he is writing speeches for. Furthermore, self-plagiarism is just as serious an offense as other forms of plagiarism. According to WriteCheck:
The idea of self-plagiarism seems almost ridiculous, but it is a very real issue that has consequences. Self-plagiarism is the use of one’s own previous work in another context without citing that it was used previously. The idea is that the writer should let the reader know that this was not the first use of the material. Republished text is a glaring example of self-plagiarism. The writer must cite his-or herself when using previously written work….Self-plagiarism may also fall under possible copyright infringement.
Let me just say that in addition to being a writer, I am an editor for multiple websites and there is no excuse for this. Every once in a while we run across a writer who was too lazy to write an introduction for their article and they will lift sections of things they have written in the past to save them the trouble of actually thinking. When this happens the work is immediately sent back to the author and they are told that it is not acceptable to plagiarize their own work. Not only is it not acceptable, it is embarrassing. When you are a writer, you should take pride in your work not do a half-assed job to save yourself some time. This, I imagine, is especially true when it comes to political speeches.
Now, because the Trump Campaign has a horrible team, Donald Trump Jr. went in front of America and made a fool of himself and his dad’s campaign — just like his stepmommy did.
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