Just 24 hours after his stepmother's speech to the Republican National Convention sparked a plagiarism controversy, Donald Trump Jr. briefly found himself under similar scrutiny on social media.
Trump Jr., speaking to the audience on night two of the RNC in Cleveland on Tuesday, used phrases that aligned with passages from a 2016 commentary by F.H. Buckley, a professor at Virginia's George Mason University School of Law. Shortly after controversy started to build in the Twitterverse, Buckley appeared to have tweeted in defense of Trump Jr.
Later, ABC News posted a quote on Twitter from Buckley that said: “I was one of the principal speechwriters. It’s no problem.”
Here are transcripts of the portions of the speech and article:
Donald Trump Jr.
Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class. Now they're stalled on the ground floor. They're like Soviet-era department stores that are run for the benefit of the clerks and not the customers...
F.H. Buckley, Trump v. the New Class, May 2, 2016
What should be an elevator to the upper class is stalled on the ground floor [...] Our schools and universities are like the old Soviet department stores whose mission was to serve the interests of the sales clerks and not the customers.
You can hear the section at 9:06 in the video below.
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