Republican Chairman Would ‘Probably’ Fire Someone Over Melania Trump Speech

“I don’t blame her,” Reince Priebus chairman says

Last Updated: July 19, 2016 @ 12:01 PM

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said he would “probably” fire the speechwriter responsible for Melania Trump’s GOP Convention speech that apparently plagiarized Michelle Obama.

Priebus addressed the situation on Tuesday morning at a Bloomberg Politics breakfast. “I don’t blame her,” he said. “Some of these things are pretty common types of themes.”

Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who is now a contributor for CNN, also said that someone should be fired over the situation.

“I know accountability in the Trump campaign. I know what it’s like to be fired from the Trump campaign,” Lewandowski said. “We know this, right?”

While Priebus and Lewandowski would probably fire the staffer responsible, Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort blamed Hillary Clinton for the plagiarism allegations against Melania Trump.

“There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These were common words and values that she cares about, her family and things like that. I mean, she was speaking in front of 35 million people last night, she knew that,” Manafort told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday morning.

“To think that she would be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy. I mean, it’s so — I mean, this is, once again, an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down. It’s not going to work,” Manafort said.

“In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking,” Trump campaign senior communications advisor Jason Miller said in an official statement.

“Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.”

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