On Tuesday morning, Chris Christie went on CNN to defend Melania Trump against all those pesky accusations of plagiarism.
And of course, the governor of New Jersey’s got to stand by his man. But must Chris Christie stand so close that folks get nervous about him bending over to pick up anything? (Not that there’d be anything wrong with that.)
It all started when Jarrett Hill, an interior designer who also writes for The Huffington Post, noticed something strange about Melania Trump’s RNC speech: She had lifted an entire paragraph from Michelle Obama’s DNC speech in 2008.
— Jarrett Hill (@JarrettHill) July 19, 2016
There’s so much wrong with this, it’s hard to know where to start. You may recall Donald Trump isn’t Chris Christie’s first bromance. When Hurricane Sandy slammed New Jersey’s coast back in 2012, President Barack Obama was there for him. Meanwhile, Chris Christie’s fellow Republicans were busy voting against aid packages for stricken states.
Oh, and then there’s this: Donald Trump has spent the past eight years smearing Chris Christie’s ex-bromancer with racist, egregiously baseless, birther rumors. The fact that Melania Trump would then steal passages from the first lady’s 2008 speech adds insult to injury.
If I were Chris Christie, I wouldn’t touch this with a 10-foot pole.
Gov. Chris Christie doubles down on defending Melania Trump plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s speech.
When CNN’s Jamie Gangel asked Chris Christie about Melania Trump stealing from Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech, he answered:
“These were not groundbreaking thoughts, Jamie. That people are raised in the country to work hard. To go for what they want. To make sure their kids reach their dreams. I just don’t see it. It’s unfortunately the kind of malady of the first night of the convention. You’re building up to the first night, people want something to talk about. If we’re talking about seven percent of the speech that was really universally considered to be a good performance by Melania. I know her. There’s no way that Melania Trump would be plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s speech.”
Jamie Gangel then pointed out, “there are phrases that are strikingly similar.” But Chris Christie doubled down on his defense of Melania Trump.
“Listen, if you’re looking at plagiarism, Jamie, and I remember this from back in school. You’re talking about much broader than what we saw last night. That people were copying and lifting from speeches. One, I know her and don’t believe she would do that, and I don’t believe last night sounded like anything other than Melania Trump. They’re sitting there [saying] wow, that sounds like Melania Trump to me.”
Look, few people are attacking Melania Trump personally. Most of us realize she’s not a politician, that English isn’t her first language, and that Donald Trump winning the GOP nomination is likely way more than she bargained for. But someone on the Short-Fingered Vulgarian’s campaign should have vetted that speech.
Chris Christie’s aggressive defense of Melania Trump’s speech reeks of desperation. It would go better for him if he just admitted mistakes were made and moved on.
Watch: Chris Christie defends Melania Trump’s speech on CNN.
— CNN (@CNN) July 19, 2016
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