First Lady hopeful Melania Trump moved the crowd at the Republican National Convention with a heartfelt speech on Monday night. Now, she's moving Twitter amid suggestions she may have borrowed from another first lady.
Melania took over Twitter after a journalist spotted similarities between her speech in Cleveland, where her husband, Donald, will likely be named the GOP's presidential nominee, and a speech delivered 8 years ago...by Michelle Obama.
The oral doppelgangers led almost immediately to the hashtag #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes, which began trending worldwide:
Early Tuesday, Donald Trump's campaign commented on the speech in a statement that notably avoids mention of the controversy.
"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," wrote Jason Miller, Trump's senior communications adviser.
Paul Manafort, the Trump campaign chair, also defended the authenticity of the speech, saying the themes Melania touched on were universal.
"We're talking about words like compassion, love of family, respect," Manafort told CBS. "These are not words that are unique words, that belong to the Obamas."
Melania or someone tweeting on her behalf also took to Twitter to defend her speech. Notably, they omitted the #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes hashtag.
For more details on social media at the RNC, check out our interview with Twitter's head of news Adam Sharp.