The son of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says he’s “honored” President Obama would “plagiarize” a line from his Republican National Convention speech.
“I’m honored that POTUS would plagiarize a line from my speech last week. Where’s the outrage?” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted Thursday, following Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
Last week, when addressing the Republican convention in Cleveland, Trump Jr. said: “There’s so much work to do. We will not accept the current state of our country because it’s too hard to change. That’s not the America I know. We’re going to unleash the creative spirit and energy of all Americans. We’re going to make our schools the best in the world for every single American of every single ethnicity and background.”
On Wednesday, Obama said: “What we heard in Cleveland last week wasn’t particularly Republican, and it sure wasn’t conservative. What we heard was a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other and turn away from the rest of the world. There were no serious solutions to pressing problems, just the fanning of resentment and blame and anger and hate. And that is not the America I know. The America I know is full of courage, and optimism, and ingenuity. The America I know is decent and generous.”
I’m honored that POTUS would plagiarize a line from my speech last week. Where’s the outrage? #DemsInPhilly https://t.co/sFQ7fblpLh
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 28, 2016
Trump Jr.’s accusation of Obama of plagiarizing the line, “That is not the America I know” comes a week and a half after Melania Trump faced backlash for using parts of first lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech.
The woman who wrote Melania Trump’s convention speech, Meredith McIver, took responsibility for copying portions of that speech and offered to resign as an in-house writer for Donald Trump last week, though the GOP nominee refused to accept it. The White House has dodged questions about Melania Trump’s convention address.
According to NBC News, Obama has used the phrase often in the past, as has former President George W. Bush.
Source: The Hill