First Lady Melania Trump turned heads with her monumental speech on Monday, May 7th where she rolled out her official platform as the First Lady. Melania launched the “Be Best” campaign, which focuses on the well-being of children covering a variety of issues from cyberbullying to the opioid crisis.
Following Melania’s speech, she faced a massive amount of backlash from the media over her “Be Best” initiative. Several news outlets accused her of plagiarising a document previously distributed under the Obama administration, reported Politico.
This is not the first time Melania has been accused of plagiarism. According to TMZ, she also faced similar accusations over her 2016 Republican National Convention Speech, which some viewers believed resembled Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech.
A spokesperson for Melania fired back over the accusations early Tuesday. In the statement, Melania’s office clarified the misunderstanding, and additionally, called the media out for turning a positive message into an attack on the First Lady.
"Mrs. Trump agreed to add Be Best branding and distribute the booklet in an effort to use her platform to amplify the positive message within," the spokesperson stated. "As she said in yesterday’s speech, she is going to use Be Best to promote people and organizations to encourage conversation and replication, and helping the FTC distribute this booklet is just one small example."
"Despite providing countless outlets with ample background, information, and on-the-record comments from the FTC, some media have chosen to take a day meant to promote kindness and positive efforts on behalf of children, to instead lob baseless accusations towards the First Lady and her new initiatives," the spokesperson shot back.
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