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Fallon Points Out Trump's Commencement Address Was Very Similar To Elle Wood's

If we can rewind to the summer of 2016 for a moment, there was a good old fashioned controversy brewing about whether Melania Trump’s speechwriters had taken some serious liberties while writing her speech for the Republican National Convention. The speech itself was good and all, but it sounded awfully familiar. Too familiar, in fact. Closer examination would reveal it to be remarkably similar to a speech that Michelle Obama had given during the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

They say imitation is the best form of flattery, but that situation veered too close to the line of outright plagiarism. As such, you would expect that President Trump’s speechwriters would be on high alert to make sure there are no other embarrassing instances of this kind. As Raw Story shares, it appears like some of them may have missed the memo.

“Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon was pretty darn fascinated with Trump’s commencement address at Liberty University over the weekend. The speech was pretty well-received, but something was bugging Fallon about it. The late night funnyman was finally able to put his finger on it.

“I watched Trump’s commencement speech, and it sounded kind of familiar,” Fallon said.

He proceeded to play a mash-up video of Trump’s speech and the one delivered by Reese Witherspoon during the 2001 hit film ‘Legally Blonde.’ Trump and Witherspoon used very similar phrasing during their respective speeches, and it appears as if they were both coached to hit the same inflection points. For good measure, the speeches would even be closed out in a similar fashion.

“We did it,” Witherspoon says at the end of her speech.

“I did it,” said Trump.

As you’ll see in the video, Fallon was flabbergasted by the whole thing.

“What is going on?! It’s probably just a coincidence,” he said.

Even if you give Trump the benefit of the doubt that Fallon’s tape was selectively edited to maximize laughter, this is still a tremendously bad look for the White House communications office. Speechwriting is a tough business, but it’s not so tough that you need to dip your toes into the waters of plagiarism. While that hasn’t necessarily happened here, the visual is a little too close for comfort. When you add in the controversy over Melania’s speech from last summer, there may be little fire in the distance beyond all of that smoke.

Source: RAW Story
Photo: Office of Public Affairs/Flickr

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