While addressing an audience in Hyderabad, India, for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Trump delivered a speech praising the women entrepreneurs in India and their contributions to technology and the workplace.
However, critics quickly noticed that much of her speech appeared to be recycled from an address she gave earlier this month in Tokyo when she attended the World Assembly for Women.
Newsweek jumped on the opportunity to call Trump out for the lack of originality, but in doing so, they suggested plagiarism. When Twitter caught wind of the article, users began dragging the publication for making such a ridiculous claim.
While many admitted that Trump’s speech lacked substance and her recycled lines demonstrate laziness, they argued that crying plagiarism in this case was a bit of a stretch.
Fair to criticize a speech on substance.— Mo Elleithee (@MoElleithee) November 30, 2017
But this criticism doesn't make sense. https://t.co/ntqEQ5HuP8
I find the concept of "plagiarizing" one's own work to be a ridiculous charge. I call it intellectual consistency. More people should try it, rather than flip-flopping ideas every week as the wind blows. https://t.co/4gqzyeYD45— Michael Berry (@MichaelBerrySho) November 30, 2017
Who among us hasn't plagiarized themselves? https://t.co/wwh0Hg7sZn— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) November 30, 2017
You can't really plagiarize yourself, folks. I mean, people give versions of the same speech all the damn time. That's normal. https://t.co/eFPpsUOcgK— Rob Blackwell (@robblackwellAB) November 30, 2017
Wow, I wonder what Ivanka Trump will do when she finds out what Ivanka Trump did. https://t.co/38BHJSsINK— Siraj??Christmashmi???? (@SirajAHashmi) November 30, 2017
Members of the Trump family aren’t strangers to plagiarism. Remember the mass outrage Melania Trump caused last year by copying an old speech from former first lady Michelle Obama, almost verbatim, and delivering it at the Republican National Convention?
It should be noted, however, that the blame for the first family’s lack of creativity only partially falls on them. These individuals have a team that they pay to polish their speeches and guide all of their public appearances. Alas, these staffers are clearly struggling at their jobs.
After being mocked mercilessly, Newsweek changed the headline of its story to clarify that Trump simply recycled her old speech.
The headline of this story was changed to reflect that Ivanka Trump reused portions of an earlier speech rather than "plagiarized" it. https://t.co/7HG8Uhj7Zg— Newsweek (@Newsweek) November 30, 2017
In the end, it's all just semantics, right?