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Local educators react to Melania Trump speech

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There were striking similarities between Melania Trump’s speech Monday night at the Republican National Convention and the speech Michelle Obama gave at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

Michelle Obama: “You work hard for what you want in life.”

Melania Trump: “That you work hard for what you want in life.”

Michelle Obama: “That your word is your bond, that you do what you say you’re gonna do.”

Melania Trump: “That your word is your bond. And you do what you say and you keep your promises.”

College students at Saginaw Valley State University compared the two speeches and said if it was their class project, they’d get a failing grade.

“Plagiarism and stuff. That's what come to mind for me. I mean, we're always taught to when we do papers have sources and quote them,” said one student.

SVSU Education Dean Craig Douglas said the students are right on.

“The similarities are well reported. They're there. So the conundrum is how much of that should have been credited. From an educational standpoint, probably should have been credited,” Douglas said.

With so many sources available, the internet makes it easy to plagiarize but now Douglas said it also makes it much easier for anyone, from students to potential first ladies, to get caught in the act.

“With the internet today, everyone's gotta’ be on their best behavior. I mean, there's nothing that escapes anything, all of us need to be mindful of that,” Douglas said.

Melania Trump said in a taped interview with NBC she wrote it with as little help as possible.

So far the Trump Campaign said no staffers will be fired over it.

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