Well, that’s one speech Melania Trump won’t be plagiarizing.
Donald Trump’s wife, who famously stole parts of her 2016 address to the Republican National Convention from a speech Michelle Obama gave before the Democrats in 2008, won’t find much to work with in Obama’s latest oration.
That’s because the speech, a galvanizing capstone to the surprisingly effective first night of the Democrats’ virtual convention, prosecuted the case against Melania’s husband with withering power.
Enumerating the sense of perpetual chaos that has attended Trump’s 43 months in the White House — the economic collapse, the pandemic death toll, the eviction crisis, the betrayal of allies, the caging of children, the violent assaults on peaceful protesters, the mainstreaming of racism — she told us what we already know.
“Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country,” she said. “He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is.”
That, you will recall, is exactly what Trump said recently about tens of thousands of Americans dead on his watch: It is what it is.