Melania Trump used “common words and values” in her prime-time Republican National Convention speech Monday night, Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort said Tuesday, blaming Democrat Hillary Clinton for allegations that Mrs. Trump’s remarks were plagiarized from First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention address.
Mr. Manafort said on CNN that allegations that presumptive nominee Donald Trump’s wife, a Slovenian-born former model, spoke words lifted from Mrs. Obama are “absurd.”
“There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These were common words and values, that she cares about her family, things like that,” said Mr. Manafort. “I mean, she was speaking in front of 35 million people last night. She knew that. To think that she would be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy.”
He added, “This is once again an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down.”
Speaking to reporters in Cleveland later, Mr. Manafort said “there’s a political tint” to the allegations of plagiarism, accusing the Clinton campaign of being the first to spread them without offering any evidence.
On Twitter, a senior Clinton adviser, Jennifer Palmieri, denied that the campaign played a role in spreading the plagiarism allegations.
Jennifer Palmieri Retweeted daveweigel
Nice try, not true.
@PaulManafort, blaming Hillary Clinton isn’t the answer for ever Trump campaign problem.
Jennifer Palmieri added,