Update: Corey Lewandowski, Trump's former campaign manager, firmly believes that the person responsible for Melania Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention should quit, Business Insider reported.
"Whoever was the staff person who wrote this speech should be held accountable and fired," he said. "I know accountability in the Trump campaign. I know what it's like to be fired from the Trump campaign."
John Berman, a CNN host, questioned Lewandowski if Trump's current campain manager should be responsible for the mishap and he responded, "Well, I think if it were Paul Manafort, he would do the right thing and resign."
Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign chair, said, "They're a couple of phrases. It's basically three places in the speech, and it's fragments of words," he said. "She knew what she was doing. And she never cribbed from another speech without acknowledging that she was quoting someone else."
Manafort continued to defend her, stating that the words she copied were not necessarily distinctive.
"We're talking about words like compassion, love of family, respect. These are not words that are unique words, that belong to the Obama's," he said.
The campaign chair also accused Hilary Clinton for the viral media attention on Melania's plagiarized speech.
"When Hilary Clinton is threatened by a female, the first thing she does is try to destroy the person," Manafort said.
Michelle Obama didn’t make an appearance at the Republican National Convention but parts of her speech from almost 10 years ago sure did — verbatim.
As journalist Jarrett Hill pointed out on Twitter, a portion of Melania Trump's speech, in which she talked about parenting values, was strikingly similar to the address the first lady gave at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.
Michelle Obama, 2008:
Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them. And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generation.
Melania Trump, 2016:
From a young age, 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; 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.
Doesn’t sound or look like a coincidence, does it?
Oh, and Trump’s speech also included an apparent Rickroll that you might’ve missed:
To make it all the more awkward, here's what Donald Trump's campaign had to say about her speech:
Trump campaign issues statement: pic.twitter.com/zgfOMmgGr3
— Robert Costa (@costareports) July 19, 2016
"Fragments that reflected her own thinking..."
Are we sure about that?