First Lady Michelle Obama On Melania Trump’s Plagiarized Speech: “Yeah, That Was Tough”

September 21, 2016  |  

Last night, First Lady Michelle Obama appeared on Stephen Colbert’s Late Night Tuesday to promote her Let Girls Learn program. But of course, Colbert wanted to speak with the First Lady about a more “pressing” issue—Melania Trump’s plagiarized 2016 Republican National Convention’s speech which featured extensive excerpts from Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech.

Colbert first asked: “The campaign is going on right now. The two candidates out there who have their own agenda. And their spouses sort of have to go along with whatever this person is doing. Do you have any sympathy with the people who have to go there and stand by the person running for president?”

And with the utmost grace and tact, the First Lady responded, “Uh, no, not really. No, because you have to be in it if you’re in it, and if you don’t agree you should have agreed before they ran. Bottom line is, if I didn’t agree with what Barack was saying, I would not support his run. So…I stand there proudly, and I hope they are too. Standing with their spouses proudly. No Sympathy!”

After stating she offers no sympathy to the spouses who feel obliged to support their significant others who are campaigning, Colbert then asked, specifically, if Michelle had any sympathy for Melania Trump. To that she smiled, as Colbert continued to explain that he and other people felt sorry for Melania not being aware of her speechwriters’ plagiarism.

“Yeah, that was tough,” the First Lady said, succinctly.


After taking no prisoners with such class, the First Lady spoke about the work she and many others have done over the years to help promote education and empowerment for girls by noting, “We have to be on the ground. You can’t change culture if you’re not a part of the culture.”

Dropping inspiring bars, as usual.

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