Donald Trump’s campaign has named the speechwriter responsible for the plagiarized 70 words in Trump’s wife Melania’s speech Monday night at the RNC
Her name is Meredith McIver and she’s an in-house staff writer with the Trump organization, released a statement Wednesday accepting blame for the speech, which threw the left wing media into a frenzy with accusations of plagiarism for the three passages which seemed to come a speech delivered by Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
My name is Meredith McIver and I’m an in-house staff writer at the Trump Organization. I am also a longtime friend and admirer of the Trump family. In working with Melania Trump on her recent First Lady speech, we discussed many people who inspired her and messages she wanted to share with the American people. A person she has always liked is Michelle Obama.
Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama’s speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech. I did not check Mrs. Obama’s speeches. This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant.
Yesterday, I offered my resignation to Mr. Trump and the Trump family, but they rejected it. Mr. Trump told me that people make innocent mistakes and that we learn and grow from these experiences.
I asked to put out this statement because I did not like seeing the way this was distracting from Mr. Trump’s historic campaign for president and Melania’s beautiful message and presentation.
I apologize for the confusion and hysteria my mistake has caused. Today, more than ever, I am honored to work for such a great family. I personally admire the way Mr. Trump has handled this situation and I am grateful for his understanding.
The letter is embedded below. Perhaps now the MSM can forgive Ms.McIver, the Trump family already has.