Well, that didn’t take long. The Trump campaign has gotten to the bottom of who was to blame for Melania Trump’s plagiarized speech debacle at the Republican convention yesterday, and discovered that it was…wait for it…Hillary Clinton!!
The obviously lifted passages from Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic convention in 2008 were not actually lifted maintained Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort to CNN, and Melania was simply speaking from the heart about how much she cares about her husband and family.
“There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech,” said Manafort, apparently unaware of the internet and objective reality.
“These are common words and values that she cares about her family, things like that…I mean, she was speaking in front of 35 million people last night,” he went on. “She knew that. To think that she would be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy.”
“This is once again an example of when a women threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down. It’s not going to work.”
Yes. This was actually a big Hillary Clinton smear campaign orchestrated to take down Melania because the former Secretary of State, former New York Senator and former First Lady finds the Slovenian ex-lingerie model “threatening”.
This type of flagrant nonsense could only come from Donald Trump’s campaign team — an unsophisticated mob of bullshitters who seem incapable of controlling any aspect of their client’s behavior, or limiting the enormous damage they do themselves.
Instead of following the well trodden path of crisis management and firing whoever was responsible for the unbelievably amateurish gaffe, Manafort did the exact opposite and lied about it. And not only did he lie about what anyone with functioning ears knows to be bullshit, he astonishingly blamed someone else for it — a move so transparently dumb one wonders how he manages to feed himself let alone run a professional presidential campaign.
It is no wonder the GOP is tearing out its hair as they know what this type of organizational disaster means for November: complete and utter annihilation.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.