The alt-Left refuses to let the country come together and heal over Charlottesville.
As reported by Conservative Institute, shortly after the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, Melania Trump took to twitter to condemn the violence. “Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence.
#Charlottesville,” she wrote in an effort to unite the country. Instead of addressing the first lady’s call for unity, major alt-Left publications falsely accused her of plagiarism.
The plagiarism lie was spread through a meme over Facebook and Twitter. The meme featured two pictures, one of Melania Trump above a picture of former First Lady Michelle Obama. Both pictures include the supposedly plagiarized quote. The image claims Michelle Obama said, “Our nation encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate without hate in our hearts. No good comes of that.” The quote is attributed to an April, 16th, 2016 speech.
However, there is absolutely no record that Michelle Obama uttered these words. The picture included with the quote was sourced to Michelle Obama’s October 13th, 2016 appearance at a Hillary Clinton campaign event. Scouring through Michelle Obama speeches around April 16th last year reveals no comparable quotes.
The claims of plagiarism are entirely unverified and likely false. However, the meme has circulated widely because it plays off of a 2016 incident where Melania Trump was caught borrowing from an earlier Michelle Obama statement. The Weekly Standard explained that Melania Trump relied heavily on an earlier Michelle Obama speech while preparing her remarks for the 2016 Republican National Convention.
An aide employed by the Trump presidential campaign accepted responsibility for the plagiarism. Apparently, Melania Trump was reading from a 2008 Michelle Obama speech for inspiration. Many of the notes from that meeting were accidentally included in Melania’s final speech. The aide offered to resign over the speech, but President Trump rejected the offer.
The latest claim of plagiarism has no basis in reality, but that hasn’t stopped numerous alt-Left media outlets from spreading the lies. The International Business Times was one of the first to offer mainstream attention to the incident, and their reporting fueled articles published by the far-left websites Alternet and Raw Story.
At least The International Business Times admitted in their headline that the allegations may be false. “Melania Trump Accused Of Copying Michelle Obama Again, Maybe Wrongly This Time,” was their headline. However, when the article was republished by Yahoo! News, Alternet, and Raw Story the “Maybe Wrongly This Time,” was conveniently left out.
Instead, the only indication offered by these alt-Left publications that this story may be false is found in the final line of the article. “While the possibility of plagiarism has not been ruled out in the latest instance, reports said the viral meme was most likely a spoof,” they admitted, assuming that most people will come to their own conclusions based on the headline alone.
Once again, major alt-Left publications have falsely accused Melania Trump of plagiarism. Does the media treat her unfairly?
Perhaps the most troubling website spreading the egregiously false meme is the supposed fact-checking website Snopes. Snopes is dedicated to exposing urban legends on the Internet, yet they offer credence for the false plagiarism claim. Snopes rates the plagiarism claim as “unproven,” stating, “Although 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.”
Similarly, Snopes is also calling the existence of unicorns unproven, because “we can’t yet absolutely rule out the possibility” that unicorns “at some time” or “something like” them existed. Quality fact checking. And a vague “possibility” is definitely not a solid basis for crying plagiarism.