Critics are saying that Donald Trump’s wife’s speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday night is eerily similar to a speech given by Michelle Obama 8 years ago at the Democratic National Convention. Here in Durham people were sharing their thoughts on the possible case of plagiarism with Joe Scarpelli.
“Definitely, she did copy it.”
Robert Bailey is the Associate Provost at UOIT. He’s responsible for academic integrity at the university . He says he’s seen cases of plagiarism over the years that have resulted in everything from warnings to expulsions.
“I think because we’re in the age on the internet. It’s becoming a more ubiquitous problem. It’s easier to cheat, frankly.”
But when it comes to Melania Trump allegedly copying a small section of Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech from the Democratic National Convention, Bailey believes it’s much different than cheating on an assignment.
“That sort of thing I think I would put more in the category of the court of public opinion as opposed to a legally sanctioned act.”
But some admit, they’ve done some sort of cheating in one way or another.
“It was a long time ago when I went to school so I doubt it but likely I copied somebody’s homework.”
“I’m sure everybody’s done it in high school and elementary school… you look over at your buddy’s paper or cheat sheets.”
And Twitter users Tuesday had lots of fun with the controversy. One of the Tweets making the rounds was that Melania’s speech writers were named cut and paste.