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it is tuesday, july 19th. good morning or make you are up late. the breaking news. the first night ending in controversy. what was supposed to be the crown jewel. the speech by melania trump drawing charges of plagiarizism. several segments lifted from the speech from michelle obama's 2008 speech. listen. >> my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life. that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise. >> barack and i were raised with so many of the same values like you work hard for what you want in life. that your word is your bond. that you do what you say you are going to do. >> that you treat people with respect. they taught and showed me values
and morals in their daily life. that is a lesson that i continue to pass along to our son and we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. >> that you treat people with dignity and respect even if you don't know them and even if you don't agree with them. >> because -- because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them. >> and barack and i set out to build lives guided by these values and pass them on to the next generation because we want our children and all children in
this nation to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them. >> in a 16-minute speech, those are the sections that are so, so similar. in fact, some cases, word for word. joining me now is political report reporter manu raju. >> you can interpret there is no plagiarizing. in writing her beautiful speech, melania's writers too notes on her life and some fragments reflected her thinking. her immigrant experience and love for america showed in the speech which made it a success.
they show they didn't do anything wrong. they believe melania trump delivered a powerful speech about her life and told the story about her love for donald trump and donald trump as a husband and father. they don't think there is anything to do with michelle obama in 2008. >> does it overshadow the rest of the night? that hillary clinton is not suited to be the commander in chief? three different speakers last night said she should be in jail. >> it certainly does. the post convention conversation has been all about the controversy which is not what the trump campaign wanted. especially with the run-up to the convention yesterday. the never trump folks tried to disrupt the proceedings. one thing in the statement conflicted with what melania trump said earlier in the day. the campaign said there is a team of advisors working on the speech. that is not what melania trump
said when she spoke to the "today" show. >> has she practiced it on the plane? >> i looked over it once. i wrote over it with as little help as possible. >> so clearly that is one of the things. little help. saying she did it mostly by herself. clearly a big difference here. this is a little bit of donald trump tweet. he said it was a truly an honor to introduce my wife melania. her speech and demeanor were incredible. >> the early review was she did a great job and talked about the family. maybe more wanted anecdotes about the family. >> english is not her first language. >> or second. it may be her third.
>> she did speak fluently and did speak well. she delivered a pretty coherent message about her husband. she passed that initial bar. whether or not those passages were lifted. >> and ironic it was lifted from michelle obama. thanks, manu. joining me here in cleveland to discuss day one of the republican national convention. josh rogin. a reporter for the washington post. we have three commentators. maria cardona and lisa carpenter and then john phillips with kabc. some are saying come on. give her a break. somebody lifted something inadvertently. the focus should be on hillary clinton. not on melania trump.
>> they will get beat up today. only thing worse than plagiarizing something is when they didn't approve the speech. the lesson is go out and hire the next peggy noonan. the bar is set low. they are not expecting her to go out and explain the cure for cancer. they are expecting her to go out and say nice things about her husband and everyone is happy and everyone goes home. if the trump campaign can learn something, spend a little money and hire speech writers. >> amanda, they are saying a team of writers took inspiration from her life. they are not saying anything is lifted from obama. >> this is where it is a campaign issue. people will forgive her and her
staff if you admit a mistake. if you watch the clips and see how similar where they are speaking about their husbands and it is clear it was lifted. they are making a mistake. own up to it. admit it. apologize and go on. friendly interviews. people are interested in melania. they like her. people are giving her good reviews for the speech. put her out there a bit and move on. >> that's what we expect with the children on stage tonight and put this controversy behind you. maria, it was, you know, lock her up. chanting to lock her up. the message was make america safe again and hillary clinton makes america less safe. we are not talking about that. i'm talking about that. everyone else is talking -- no, no, no. we're not. >> i wish we were. one of the things i would love
to point out is tom forman did a great piece of all of the falsehoods in the speeches last night. it underscores how many of a fast-free zone the trump campaign is. the speech by melania trump under scores that. i agree that this does not effect any iota and will mobilize supporters more. to the people he need to broaden appeal to. they are like wait a minute. the clinton campaign is talking about how fraudulent he is. what is he hiding? now they are seeing melania's speech is taken? he did not write "the art of the deal" and claims he did. now we see she did not write her speech and claims she did. >> we made a compilation of the
tone last night pre-melania speech. listen. >> i blame hillary clinton personally for the death of my son. >> had she done her job that night, we would not have had to compromise. ty, glen, sean and ambassador stevens would be alive today. >> my son, sergeant mendoza was killed two-year ago by an illegal alien who was a repeat criminal. every one of the crimes he committed have laws that should have resulted in court-mandated jail to time. a vote for hillary is putting all of our children's lives at risks. >> who would trust hillary clinton to protect them? i wouldn't. would you? >> it would be nice to have a commander in chief to be trusted
to handle classified information. >> hillary clinton has failed to protect our national security in other ways. she jeopardized our safety by deciding our laws don't apply to her. >> yes, that's right. lock her up. >> lock her up! >> i tell you what, it is unbelievable. >> josh, lock her up. the make america safe theme was it effective? >> it is effective to the people who think she should be locked up already. we are seeing a dumbing down of the ideas. even the senators that spoke. tom cotton did not really
endorse trump. he talked about how america should be strong. jeff sessions talked about trade is bad. and joni ernst saying lock her up. this is not a forum where new policies were put on the table. let's talk about benghazi. the guys who wrote "zero dark 30." the standoff, if there was a standoff, that wasn't her. that was the cia. donald trump says she was sleeping when she got the call. the call came in at 3:00 in the afternoon. she was wide awake. there is a lot of criticism about the clinton and obama foreign policy. they repeated the tropes and reinforces the idea on foreign policy. >> it is the pottery barn rule of foreign policy. you broke it. you bought it. she was the secretary of state
when libya fell and gadhafi was taken out. she was the secretary of state when >> this is all about the accountability on the clinton foreign policy. what about the speech? what can we anticipate when they invade a country and make a mistake? are we supposed to believe they will own up to it? >> we will argue about that for three more minutes in the break. thanks, everybody.
all right. a wild opening night at the republican national convention in cleveland. speeches going late into the night. donald trump stole the show with the fog shrouded entrance. now this morning, melania trump's speech under controversy for plagiarizing. >> thanks, mrs. obama. a last minute change by the
daily news. they rip up the cover they had. this is the new cover. that is a liberal leaning paper. no surprise they would take a whack at melania trump. it is interesting as they watch the side by side video. that video speaks for itself and volumes. what will melania trump say? what will donald trump say? we know he loves to bash the media. is this is opportunity for him to trash the people covering this? >> he could say this is a liberal media hit job. >> don't people men and women like to see a husband stand up for your lives. whether you love or hate him, i think people would understand that and appreciate that. the bottom line is, you look at the quotes and transcripts. it is plagiarizinplagiarizing. she said she worked on the speech. it is here speech. she tried to use as little outside help as possible.
the campaign are saying there are speech writers involved. >> they are not saying who wrote the lines or lifted the lines from the 2008 speech from michelle obama. there were three sections. >> hard work and integrity come from the obamas. i wonder if michelle and barack obama would talk about this next week? probably not. this is something where the clint clinton doesn't saying anything. >> not acknowledging anything was lifted. just praising her immigrant experience and how that came through in her speech. >> that is expected to be the case from the campaign. there were a lot of positives. there we there were rave reviews from the
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>> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> breaking news this morning. make america safe again. the theme of night one of the rnc, but melania trump's speech stealing the spotlight. stealing passages of her speech from michelle obama. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans at the cnn grill this tuesday morning. breaking news this morning. the first night of the republican national convention ending in controversy. what was supposed to be the crown jewel, the speech by donald trump's wife melania, drawing charges of plagiarized. several passages taken from the
michelle obama 2008 speech. listen side by side to the similarities. >> my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life. that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise. >> barack and i were raised with so many of the same values. like you work hard for what you want in life. that your word is your bond. that you do what you say you are going to do. >> that you treat people with respect. they taught and showed me values and morals in the daily life. that is a lesson that i continue to pass along to our son and we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. >> that you treat people with dignity and respect. even if you don't know them and
even if you don't agree with them. >> because -- because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievement is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them. >> and barack and i set out to build lives guided by these values and to pass them on to the next generation because we want our children and all children in the nation to know that the only limit to the height of your achievement is the reach of your dreams and willingness to work hard for them. >> joining me now is manu raju. what is the campaign saying about the apparent similarities? >> they are not saying they are
similar. it is a classic donald trump response suggesting there is nothing wrong. dig in and push back and move on. frankly. the statement that came out from the trump campaign a couple hours after this controversy emerged did not mention michelle obama or the speech. now from jason miller, senior communications adviser for the trump campaign. in writing her beautiful speech, melania's team of writers took notes on her life inspiration and in some instances, including fragments that reflected her thinking. her immigrant experience and love for america shown through in her speech which made it a success. clearly they are saying this is all melania's thinking. this came from her heart. all about her message. nothing to do with michelle obama. that is probably what will come forward today. >> we don't know who wrote the
passages that look the same. the statement from the campaign suggested there were speech writers involved. earlier, melania trump suggested she was pretty solo. >> she was the only one who did it. essentially the only one which raised questions about the statement. the statement said team of advisors. that contradicted what she said earlier. this is what she said on the "today" show. suggesting it was all her that wrote the speech. >> has she gone over the speech with you? did you practice it on the plane? >> i read once over it. that's all. i wrote it with as little help as possible. >> clearly, there's the contradiction saying she did it essentially by herself. did not have much help at all. that is one of the things they will have to answer going forward. also the trump campaign did not want to say it was one single speech writer. they did not want to throw
melania trump under the bus. >> maybe the issue is this will blow over. a lot of people watching our program who are trump supporters are saying you are too hard on her. >> we will soon get into the next convention. a vote on the convention floor to nominate donald trump as the next republican nominee for president. we will have primetime speakers and we will move on. melania is not the candidate. donald trump is the candidate. things like this have sunk candidates in the past. the presidential campaign in 1988 and the senate candidate john walsh who in 2014 had to drop his bid after parts of his speech was plaj or eyorized. >> thank you. joining me with the other issues
are josh rogin and amanda carpenter and maria cardona and john phillips. does this story have legs? >> i think it depends on how hard the trump campaign will dig in. most people can make the reasonable conclusion this was taken from the speech. others will say this is a media invention. blame other people for what is clearly a campaign mistake. i would not lay this at melania's feet. the staffers put this together. i think they made it worse by saying a team of people involved. she looked at notes and thought michelle's speech was inspiring and carelessly left this on a draft. people would forgive it. if they make this a question about the campaign's competence, it will keep going. >> does it matter? >> it is no big deal. this is not the worst thing done on a plane this month.
bill clinton and loretta lynch take the cake on this. if there is a controversy, it will last for a few hours and it will be gone. >> i want to talk about the mood of the night. before this happened, it is solid day one for team trump. trump is crafting the message of make america safe again. rudy giuliani had a strong speech. you have law enforcement folks who are saying america is not as safe with hillary clinton at the helm. listen to a bit of that. >> ladies and gentlemen, i would like to make something very clear. blue lives matter in america! >> what happened to there's no black america. there's no white america. there is just america! what happened to it? where did it go?
how has it gone away? >> donald trump talked about a divided america in making reference to what has been a real division between police and black lives matter protester. what do you make of that? >> i think the message is not likely to heal that. it is likely to make it worse. when people say all lives matter. blue lives matter. they know that and it antagonizes people who say black lives matter. it is just a defensive slogan. it fits into the theme of the night. which is negative, negative, negative. hillary has to go to jail. she killed four people in benghazi. the syrian refugees are coming to get us. this is not a pro-active or positive agenda for foreign policy or national security or healing the divide. >> what about rudy giuliani last night? he was such a strong supporter
and defender of trump. the most vigorous defense i have seen. much better than he talked about himself when he was running. >> i think his speech in particular was great for the people in the arena. it did not do anything again to broaden his appeal. if you are an immigrant or latino or african-american or muslim or if you are anybody that looked different from the majority of people in the arena, that speech scared the hell out of you. that is one of the problems that last night's theme had. it is so ironic they talked about, you know, it is a divided america, but to josh's point, trump and his speakers did absolutely nothing to give him confidence to bring people together. you need to bring people together in terms of what is going on. you have to acknowledge the racial bias that happens and discrimination that happens and
find a way to bring people together and solve it and actually describe proposals on what you would do. >> i disagree. what rudy giuliani did was he appealed to the silent majority in the country of all races. people want law and order. rudy giuliani represented the james q. wilson broken windows theory in new york city that brought crime down to record lows. that was done in new york and los angeles and other big cities. we are seeing an erosion to that. that is why he was front and center. >> i think there were a number of speakers that were provocative. they have the winning message. think about law and order. a clear contrast of hillary clinton. many americans believe she doesn't play by the rules. contrasting that with a strong law and order message. to say hillary clinton should be in jail. people informed of national
security demeans and makes them seem unserious. there is such a thing as overplaying their hand. they can pull it back more. that will help bring in more people. >> the benghazi element too. you have pat smith, the mother of the benghazi victims with an emotional speech. listen to a bit of that. >> in an e-mail to her daughter shortly after the attack, hillary clinton blamed it on terrorism, but when i saw hillary clinton -- she sure is. she lied to me and then called me a liar. when i saw hillary clinton at sean's coffin ceremony days
later, she looked me squarely in the lie and told me a video was responsible. >> this is supposed to be the centerpiece of the night. interesting that donald trump was calling in to fox news at this very moment. >> right. we have donald trump preempting his own guest talking about the death of her son in benghazi. we also have a donald trump who made repeated misstatements about what happened in benghazi over and over again. the idea that if donald trump had been in charge, he would have been more on top of the security arrangements thousands of miles away and prevented the crisis. it is somewhat unbelievable. we can all feel for pat smith. she is grieving, obviously. i think it was exploitive of the trump campaign to use that grief to make the point, because he hasn't done the work to learn wrapped and become a master of the policy.
it is hypocritical. >> people were crying in the audience when they watched the speech because it wasn't just about the benghazi deaths. america is worried that americans are killed because of terrorism in america and all around the world. you see it play out almost every day. if they could figure out how to recalibrate the message and not going on the wild tangents. >> i want to look toward today. you have a pretty cool lineup. more of his family. you will see chris christie. the tone today or the theme today is make america work again. do you believe the safety thing is completely behind or is this a thread woven throughout the week? >> they will weave the safety threat with economic security tonight. what i think this underscores
and you talked about this at the beginning of the show. the numbers don't bear it out. there is economic insecurity, but people are working. the national poll came out not too long ago that said 64% of americans actually credit the obama administration for bettering the economy. they might not want to give him credit for it personally, but they admit the economy is better. again, they are working in the fast-free zone that doesn't really connect with a lot of people who are looking for why should they vote for donald trump? he hasn't been straight with them on anything. >> he is mobile. >> just like people don't feel safe and what does the administration say when they are confronted? oh, we made gains in iraq. we made gains in syria. that doesn't make people feel safer. the job numbers are great. people feel they could lose
their jobs or lose their house. donald trump will play to that. >> i call it low economic self esteem. the people in that arena probably have 401(k)s than they have ever been. everybody, thank you so much. great to see you. tonight in cleveland, you will hear a blistering criticism of the obama economy. make america work again is the theme. more americans are working than four years ago. i wanted to give you the numbers since that is the theme. in august of 2012, the unemployment rate was 8.4%. it is 4.1%. that say significant drop. more americans are are returning to the labor market. senator jeff sessions with the counter point. >> fellow republicans, we must understand that the incomes of middle class americans today are $4,000 less per year than in
1999. this is an economic disaster. >> we checked his numbers. that is true. that is true. not all of the decline came under president obama. here is what it looked like. in 1999, record high median household income. by the time bush left office in 2008, income declined. then it dropped further under president obama, but wages picked up since the last election. more americans are working, but wages are a big problem. republicans will focus squarely on that issue. where is america's pay raise? where is america's opportunity? 46 minutes past the hour. the surprise of the evening. the similarities between melania trump's speech and michelle obama's 2008 speech. will this hurt the trump campaign? will there be more of a response from team trump? we will break it down next.
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welcome back to cleveland. a wild opening night at republican national convention with speeches going late into the night. donald trump stole the show with his fog shrouded entrance to introduce his wife melania. her speech, instant reviews were solid, but within the hour, the speech under the microscope. let's bring in brian stelter. i want to talk about the entrance. the wwe entrance. >> it is something out of wrestle mania. he has a history with wwe. it made sense. this was going to be moved up. events were running late and speeches running long.
he came in at 10:20 and captivated the arena. it is perfect donald trump style entrance. this is the trump show. we have three more days of the trump show. he is taking full advantage of the ratings power. when the ratings come in, we will see he was a magnet and so was melania. >> no innsurrection. i heard this as a hostile takeover of the gop. all of the old guards are thrown out. now he is the brand manager shaping the message. >> you could say he became the establishment on the convention floor when his forces overpowered the no trump forces. we did not see the rebellion or massive protests outside. there continues to be concern of the protests. so far, all of the action has been on the floor and much of the convention has run smoothly.
melania trump's speech steps on the message. >> you have three of the speakers saying hillary clinton should be in jail. we are talking about the similarities between the 2008 michelle obama's speech and melania trump. we put them side by side. you can see for yourself. someone lifted a few paragraphs that appears clear here. who did it we don't know. >> it is mind boggling this was not googled ahead of time. >> is it sloppy? >> it speaks to a lack of structure in the trump campaign. this is not new. we said when you go visit the trump campaign at trump tower, this is the daily news cover this morning. thanks, mrs. obama. when i visited the trump campaign headquarters, you walk in and the space is raw. unfinished. it is like a metaphor for the campaign. trump is proud of the relatively
small size of his staff compared to hillary clinton's staffers. compared to a month ago, they are hiring more. they are a small campaign compared to clinton. they don't have as many people checking and double checking in the case what the speech is going to say. >> let's talk about the star power. you will see his family. chris christie. his family has done well for him. that is a big positive to his image. >> we will see tiffany trump on stage and donald trump via video. he flew back to new york last night. he will be in new york. he will appear on camera in some fashion. this is an unconventional convention. it may not be a bad thing. he knows he has star power. that entrance was just the beginning. >> brian, nice to see you. see you later this week. 54 minutes past the hour. trump's wife giving a speech with similar passages.
>> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> we would like to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. this is "new day." it is 5:00. chris and i are live in cleveland at the republican national convention as we will be all week. up first, donald trump's campaign facing tough questions about his wife's speech last night. two passages from melania trump's well received speech appear to be taken from michelle obama's speech at the 2008 democratic convention. >> appear to be because they were the same. but as is often the case, the political crime is not the story, but the initial response from the campaign that certainly
is in the crosshairs this morning. this story is taking force from the anti-trump dropping the hammer on hillary clinton all night long. we have every angle covered. let's begin with cnn's phil mattingly live inside the q arena. phil. >> reporter: good morning, chris. chris, it was supposed to be the crown jewel of the first night of donald trump's convention. melania trump in primetime painting a clear, compassionate picture of her husband. it became clear after she finished her remarks, the campaign had a major headache on their hands. the similarities are startling. >> you work hard for what you want in life. >> you work hard for what you want in life. >> that your word is your bond. that you do what you say you're going to do. >> your word is your bond and do you what you say and keep your