A speech writer for Trump organization has come forward to say she was responsible for the undeniable similarities between Melania Trump’s speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention and first lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention, calling the plagiarism an innocent mistake.
In an issued statement, Meredith McIver took the blame but made it clear that Mrs. Trump knew the passages were from the first lady’s speech.
“A person she has always liked is Michelle Obama,” McIver says of Mrs. Trump. “Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama’s speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech.”
“I did not check Mrs. Obama’s speeches. This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant.”
McIver, co-author of some of Donald Trump’s books, said she offered to resign but the Republican nominee for president refused to accept her resignation.
“I apologize for the confusion and hysteria my mistake has caused,” said McIver.
“I personally admire the way Mr. Trump has handled this situation and I am grateful for his understanding.”
Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, previously publicly denied that any plagiarism occurred.