RNC Official Defends Melania Trump Speech by Citing 'My Little Pony'
Communications director Sean Spicer argued that her words are similar to dialogue in the animated series, as well as lyrics by John Legend.
Republican National Convention communications director Sean Spicer has come to the defense of Melania Trump after her plagiarized speech on Monday night at the convention in Cleveland.
In an interview Tuesday with CNN, Spicer argued that in a "2,000-word statement — we're talking about 70 words, three passages," her words can easily be considered "similar" to several others'.
Spicer cited several similar lyrics, passages and quotes, including lines sung by John Legend, Kid Rock, Ice T, Akon and Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony.
"I mean, if we want to take a bunch of phrases and run them through Google and say, 'Who else has said them?' I can come up with a list in five minutes," he said, adding that he thinks it's "sad that we've taken this amazing moment with the world introduction of Melania Trump" and "allowed the Clinton campaign" to match her words to Michelle Obama's.
Wolf Blitzer argued that "the similarities were pretty stark," but Spicer said that "these are common phrases," so "did Mrs. Obama plagiarize [Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony]? I would never say that."
Blitzer told Spicer that it wasn't the Clinton campaign who first recognized it, but a Twitter user who first saw the speeches' similarities, sparking an online backlash.
In response to Spicer's claims, John Legend and Ice T both responded on Twitter. Legend, who often criticizes Trump on social media, said simply that "I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative." Ice T tweeted about her "stolen speech," later adding "POLITICS = Who’s the best LIAR."
Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign chairman and convention manager, told CBS This Morning that there were a "couple of phrases" that were similar from both speeches, and in a clip that went viral after her speech on Monday, Melania Trump told Today's Matt Lauer that she wrote her convention speech "with as little help as possible."
On Tuesday, Donald Trump Jr. said the speechwriters were to blame. "Of course [Melania] worked with speechwriters," he said. "Having never done this before, you have to work with speechwriters."
Watch a clip and tweets in response below.
I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative https://t.co/I46VtY2CXI— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 19, 2016
All I can say is THIS Election season is gonna be Wild & Ugly… Fasten your seat belts America. Pick your Poison.— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) July 19, 2016
POLITICS = Who’s the best LIAR.— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) July 19, 2016