RNC Night One: The Speeches
Melissa Mackenzie
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Night one of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland just finished.  Here’s my rating of the Republican speeches:

Melania Trump*:

Benghazi Mom Patricia Smith: 

Rudy Giuliani:

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke: 

Rick Perry and Marcus Luttrell: 

After Melania’s speech, the place went dead. All the good speeches were finished by the nightly news hour, though. I don’t know if that was by design or just happened.

Now, it turns out that a couple lines of Melania’s speech may have been lifted from Michelle Obama’s speech. Twitter is blowing up with that story right now. If true, that’s just plain stupid.

My guess is lefties are working overtime to undermine Melania’s speech because it was authentic and heartfelt and even fashion rags like Cosmo liked it. A lot:

On the first night of the Republican National Convention, all eyes were on Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, as she gave her biggest speech yet of the presidential campaign. Donald introduced her in a brief appearance, calling her “an amazing mother [and] an incredible woman.” In her speech, Melania talked about her upbringing in Slovenia, her parents, and how she became a United States citizen, “the greatest privilege on planet Earth.”

“From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond, and you do what you say and keep your promise. That you treat people with respect,” she said. “We want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”

But mostly, she talked about Donald, his platform, and his personality. “He is tough when he has to be, but he’s also kind and fair and caring. This kindness is not always noted, but it is there for all to see,” she said. “That is one reason I fell in love with him to begin with.”

Melania humanized Donald in a way that no one else has been able to do and the campaign should be using her more to speak on his behalf–with original words.

 

Update:

Here’s a link to the differences in the speeches by Melania Trump and Michelle Obama. Lets put it this way: Your high school English teacher wouldn’t like it.

Update again:

Mollie Hemingway says this about the speech:

As for the passage in question, the thing is that these sentiments are somewhat universal, the type of thing most people could say. In this sense, perhaps the media attacks on the speech as vapid and vacuous will help Melania Trump’s speechwriter avoid the charge of having lifted too liberally from another speech.

Melissa Mackenzie
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Melissa Mackenzie is Publisher of The American Spectator. Melissa commentates for the BBC and has appeared on Fox. Her work has been featured at The Guardian, PJ Media, and was a front page contributor to RedState. Melissa commutes from Houston, Texas to Alexandria, VA. She lives in Houston with her two sons, one daughter, and a Ragdoll cat. You can follow Ms. Mackenzie on Twitter: @MelissaTweets.
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