UPDATE: One of Trump's speechwriters, Meredith McIver, has thrown herself under the colossal spiked tires, and taken responsibility for Melania Trump's now infamous RNC speech, which contained huge portions directly plagiarized from Michelle Obama's 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention.
McIver released a statement on Trump's own campaign site:
Some weird facts in theories are circulating Twitter about said Ms. McIver:
She's a registered democrat?
Serious question: has any news outlet seen or interviewed Meredith McIver? Asking because of the GOP candidate's history of using aliases.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 20, 2016
So, I've been trying to find any evidence that Meredith McIver existed before today. Anyone got anything for me?
— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) July 20, 2016
Meredith McIver's account has a profile picture lifted off someone else's. pic.twitter.com/dGGscbkK9R
— Valentina Cano (@valca85) July 20, 2016
Her Wikipedia page was created TODAY, and claims that she's ghostwritten SIX of Trump's books since getting hired in September of 2001 (no).
Here's her "Everpedia," and the photo they've used for it, apparently of Meredith:
She graduated from the University of Utah (with honors), and was a former ballerina? Ok!
Consumate windbag Piers Morgan claims to have had many "dealings" with McIver, so if Piers Morgan says she's definitely real, then she is absolutely not a real person; do, say, and think the opposite of whatever Piers does/says/thinks.
Later that night I got to thinking, was Meredith McIver Trump this whole time?
Turns out Trump Speechwriter Meredith McIver is actually Nils Sjoberg who is actually TAYLOR SWIFT....
— The Nightly Show (@nightlyshow) July 20, 2016
The internet rested in true astonishment last night, after it was confirmed that large chunks of Melania Trump's impassioned speech at Night 1 of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, were plagiarized from First Lady Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
The comparisons are staggering;
Almost so much so, that you can't help but feel like it was...intentional?
The cynic in me says the Melania thing was intentional to distract the media from all the insane lies and hate being spewed.
— Daniel Powell (@danieljpowell) July 19, 2016
Whatever the fuck was happening, it's truly unbelievable that the Trump camp so unabashedly disregarded the idea that the internet--especially how it is today--wouldn't fact change Mrs. Trump's words.
Also, try to best Michelle Obama with her own words, Melania. TRY IT! You can't.
Leave it to Twitter to turn this lil' scandal into a game, namely the #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes hashtag, trending now.
Here are some of the best:
"Four score and 7 years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation..." #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes pic.twitter.com/VKcAlYtzU8
— Ethan Fixell (@EthanFixell) July 19, 2016
"I hate quotes." #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— Gustavo Sorola (@sorola) July 19, 2016
"I was born a poor black child." #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— Eric Benet (@ebenet) July 19, 2016
"Still I rise!" #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— Johnetta Elzie (@Nettaaaaaaaa) July 19, 2016
"It was all a dream. I used to read Word Up magazine." #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— Bossip (@Bossip) July 19, 2016
"It hasn't always been easy being a black woman raised on the South Side of Chicago." #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes pic.twitter.com/n6zSWiw6TO
— Meanwhile in Canada (@MeanwhileinCana) July 19, 2016
Why Lawd why 😩😂 https://t.co/2jGNsywAW4 #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes pic.twitter.com/7OvN6isIp5
— Dizzy Dortch (@DizzyDortch) July 19, 2016
RiRi come through.
"Work, work, work, work, work, work
He say me have to
Work, work, work, work, work, work!" #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 19, 2016
Who's that girl?
"Who's that giiiiirl? Who's that giiiiirl? It's Jess!" #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— Lamorne Morris (@LamorneMorris) July 19, 2016
The best one on the timeline - lol
— Mais AbuSalah (@MaisAbusalah) July 19, 2016
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my speech writers...Copy and Paste. #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes #blackeagle pic.twitter.com/3CJtaxdqwA
— Joe Madison (@MadisonSiriusXM) July 19, 2016
To be fair, what's more American than co-opting black culture?
— Cole Escola (@ColeEscola) July 19, 2016