Donald Trump Jr. Says Obama Plagiarized Part of His Speech
Donald Trump, Jr. is alleging that President Barack Obama lifted a six-word phrase from his convention speech.
The line in question is “That’s not the America I know.”
On Twitter, he wrote, “I’m honored that POTUS would plagiarize a line from my speech last week. Where’s the outrage?”
The claim comes after Melania Trump was criticized for taking a portion of her address during the Republican National Convention from First Lady Michelle Obama’s convention speech in 2008.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 28, 2016
However, it’s worth noting that at least Obama and George W. Bush have used the “not the America I know” line in the past.
Bush, after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, used the phrase in a speech about Islam being peaceful.
“Women who cover their heads in this country must feel comfortable going outside their homes. Moms who wear cover must be not intimidated in America,” he said on Sept. 17, 2001. “That’s not the America I know. That’s not the America I value.”
Comparing Trump Jr. and Obama
The younger Trump said last week, “There’s so much work to do. We will not accept the current state of our country because it’s too hard to change. That’s not the America I know. We’re going to unleash the creative spirit and energy of all Americans. We’re going to make our schools the best in the world for every single American of every single ethnicity and background.”
Obama said on Wednesday night, “What we heard in Cleveland last week wasn’t particularly Republican and it sure wasn’t conservative. What we heard was a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other and turn away from the rest of the world. There were no serious solutions to pressing problems, just the fanning of resentment and blame and anger and hate. And that is not the America I know. The America I know is full of courage, and optimism, and ingenuity. The America I know is decent and generous.”