On day two of the Republican National Convention, all eyes are on Melania Trump, Donald Trump's typically reserved wife who spoke during the opening night. It was not the fact that the billionaire businessman's wife spoke that grabbed the media – and indeed the nation's – attention, but the speech itself.
Many have accused the former model of lifting passages from a speech First Lady Michelle Obama gave during the Democratic convention in 2008. A look at the two speeches show key similarities in how the women describe their family values and how they praise their husbands' integrity and patriotism.
Trump's campaign and the Republican Party have largely dropped the ball as the controversy continues. According to Reuters, a Trump campaign official suggested the similarities were an error by Melania's speech writers. Trump's aides, meanwhile, have blasted the media for bias and blamed Hillary Clinton's campaign for the controversy, CNN reported.
Campaign manager Paul Manafor told CNN's Chris Cuomo there was no plagiarism. "To think that she would do something like that knowing how scrutinised her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd," he said, adding, "There's no cribbing of Michelle Obama's speech. These were common words and values. She cares about her family. To think that she'd be cribbing Michelle Obama's words is crazy."
RNC chair Reince Priebus said he would probably sack the speech writer if plagiarism took place. However, the RNC's chief strategist Sean Spicer told CNN the controversy was "silly" and that there was no need to sack anyone.
Spicer went a step further and compared sections of Melania's speech to phrases used by other celebrities, including John Legend, Akon, Kid Rock and Twilight Sparkle, a cartoon character in My Little Pony.
The RNC will kick off its second night, dubbed Make America Work Again, of speeches with comments from the NRA's Chris Cox, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Trump's children Tiffany Trump and Donald Trump Jr and others.