President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech went pretty smoothly, all things considered. Until, that is, people began to notice that he had lifted a line from his sworn enemy, Hillary Clinton…
In 2017, the world (Reese Witherspoon included) was taken aback when Donald Trump, the bona-fide President of the United States, appeared to steal Elle Woods’ powerful graduation speech from Legally Blonde.
Now, it seems the POTUS is at it again – only this time he’s been lifting lines from former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
What’s more, the line Trump apparently stole (however unwittingly) from Clinton has since been dubbed the “signature moment” of his State of the Union speech, which went on for… ooh, approximately an hour and 20 minutes?
Speaking about the Republican tax bill which was passed at the very end of 2017, Trump lauded the legislation as a new era for America and a fresh start for the American people.
He said: “Since we passed tax cuts, roughly three million workers have already gotten tax cut bonuses – many of them thousands of dollars per worker. Apple has just announced it plans to invest a total of $350 billion in America, and hire another 20,000 workers.”
It was at this point that Trump decided to up the ante with an inspiring soundbite-worthy line.
“This is our new American moment,” he said. “There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream.”
It wasn’t long before @NowThisNews had taken to Twitter to point out that Trump had “borrowed” the line from Clinton.
And it’s not as if she only used it once: in fact, the video-based news source found a whole bunch of clips dating almost 10 years back, to 2009, showing Clinton using the line “new American dream.”
Unlike Trump, though, she didn’t use the line to brag about her own legislations. Instead, she used it to inspire American leaders to step onto the global stage and make a difference in the world.
“The complexities and connections of today’s world have yielded a new American moment, a moment when our global leadership is essential, even if we must often lead in new ways,” Clinton says in one of the clips.
“A moment when those things that make us who we are as a nation, our openness and innovation, our determination and devotion to core values, have never been more needed.”
Of course, the president isn’t the only member of the Trump family to be caught out for (possibly unintentional) plagiarism: in 2016, Melania faced accusations that a portion of her Republican National Convention speech had been lifted from none other than her predecessor, Michelle Obama.
In a section, Melania said: “My parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise; that you treat people with respect.”
Meanwhile, Michelle’s speech in 2008 carried the lines: “And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them.”
The speeches might not have been identical, but there were undeniable similarities. However, Trump’s team later insisted that there was absolutely “no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech” whatsoever.
We imagine the POTUS will issue a similar response later today when he spots that people are drawing comparisons between Clinton and himself. With a “nasty woman” and a “my speech is absolutely the best speech America has ever seen” thrown in for good measure, too.
We’ll keep you posted…
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