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Tamar Hallerman

Portion of Melania Trump’s RNC speech eerily similar to one by Michelle Obama

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FILE - In this June 7, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures to supporters as he leaves the stage with his wife Melania after a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. Melania Trump insists she’s her own person, more than an accessory in her husband Donald Trump’s run for the White House. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and his wife Melania after a recent news conference. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Melania Trump’s prime time debut last night was meant to be a character booster for her husband, but several reporters quickly noticed something else about the 46-year-old former model’s talk: Part of it was eerily similar to Michelle Obama’s convention speech eight years ago.

Take a look for yourself:

Jamie Dupree of WSB Radio, the hardest working man in Washington, has offered us two audio mash-ups. Listen for yourself right here. And after that, click here for a second dose.

Better yet, you can watch by clicking here. And then here for your second dose.

Jason Miller, a senior spokesman for the Trump campaign, released this statement later in the evening that steered clear of mentioning Michelle Obama:

“In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.”

The Associated Press this morning quotes Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on CNN this morning saying “there’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech:

“Certainly, there’s no feeling on her part that she did it,” he said. “What she did was use words that are common words.”

Manafort said Mrs. Trump was aware of “how her speech was going to be scrutinized” and said any notion that she picked up portions of Mrs. Obama’s convention talk was “just absurd.”

The news was met with criticism and groans by some in Georgia:

But at least one key person was very pleased with the speech overall:

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