BREAKING: Nasty Allegation Against Melania Trump

August 20, 2017

BREAKING: Nasty Allegation Against Melania Trump lev radin / Shutterstock.com

Melania Trump is continually the target of vicious rumors, and the latest slanderous gossip inundating the internet concerning Melania claims that the first lady has once again plagiarized Michelle Obama.

Once again, however, it’s nothing more than a smear.

Libelous lies or First Lady forgery?

On the day of the Charlottesville tragedy, and with grace and conviction, Melania adamantly condemned the hatred and violence on display at the rally turned battleground.

Her comments appeared on Twitter:

Melania Trump on Twitter

Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville

Rather than embrace the well-intentioned statement and unify around it, however, opponents of the Trump family have responded by attempting to embarrass Melania by insisting that she is not intelligent enough to possess an original thought of her own. 

An internet meme began circulating over social media shortly after the tweet which shows the first lady’s words alongside a statement from Michelle which reads almost exactly the same. The Obama quote in the meme reads:

Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate without hate in our hearts. No good comes from that.

The meme creator attributed the comment to an April 16th, 2016 speech, and a picture of Michelle’s October 13, 2016 appearance at a Hillary for America campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire is included in it. However, Michelle most certainly did not make the statement in question on either of these dates.

Bold-faced lies

In fact, Michelle never made the comment at all. Internet searches of the Obama White House archives produce zero results, and a broader general search returns the same. Michelle never uttered these words.

All that was required of anyone reading the meme and considering reposting it was to possess very rudimentary internet search engine skills, although apparently several media sources lack even this basic researching skill.

As the meme was shared across Twitter and Facebook thousands of times, comedian and radio personality Rickey Smiley ran the story under the headline “First Lady Forget,” and several other alternative tabloid sites kept the rumor alive.

Even self-described “fact-checkers” like Snopes are treating the deceitful allegation irresponsibly. The left-leaning website is quick to give Republicans the “pants on fire” designation for debatable, subjective statements, but they called the blatant lie purporting that Melania stole words from Michelle after Charlottesville “unproven.”

To justify their refusal to totally dismiss the claim, Snopes says that “we can’t yet absolutely rule out the possibility that Mrs. Obama might at some time have expressed something like the thought attributed to her here.”

Melania-haters have successfully revived the controversy, and the negative publicity that accompanied it, that came when the president’s wife plagiarized passages during a speech at the Republican National Convention of an earlier Michelle Obama statement. At the time, Melania’s verbal appropriation, which was eventually traced back to a lazy speech writer, became the highlight of the campaign event for the mainstream media.

The media simply adored Michelle. With her muscular arms and insistence on healthy eating, most media reports sought to flatter the first African American first lady and hold her up as an example for all women.

Not so with Trump’s wife, whose remarkable beauty and foreign otherness seem only to intimidate the left, who have responded by typecasting the first lady as some sort of glamorous, dim-witted Zsa Zsa Gabor-type socialite. Yet, as Melania’s well-reasoned statement in the aftermath of Charlottesville reflects, she proves her detractors wrong every single time.

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Benjamin Baird

Benjamin Baird is a senior staff writer for the Conservative Institute. He is a veteran infantryman of Iraq and Afghanistan with over 1000 days in combat and holds a degree in Middle Eastern studies from the American Military University. Ben is a regular contributor at the Middle East Forum and has written for dozens of conservative publications, including The Daily Caller, American Spectator, American Thinker, New English Review and Jewish News Syndicate.