Friday, July 3, 2020

the last book I ever read (The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump, excerpt fifteen)

from The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump by Mary Jordan:

The inconsistent Trump political machine did not always look out for Melania. Her debut at the Republican National Convention was marred by an embarrassing mistake. Melania’s speech contained plagiarized lines from Michelle Obama’s Democratic National Convention keynote address in 2008. Although a Trump Organization employee, Meredith McIver, took the blame, several insiders say the person most responsible was Rick Gates, deputy chairman of the campaign. But Melania was the one who was left humiliated in public. (Gates has said he is not to blame for the speech. He was later sentenced to forty-five days in jail for making false statements to the FBI and conspiracy to commit financial fraud.)

Trump was furious. He felt his campaign had let Melania down and was heard angrily saying, “She got screwed. Who did this to her?” Corey Lewandowski told me that the speech blunder was especially terrible because Melania is a perfectionist.

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