Rep. Cleaver has ‘little doubt’ Melania Trump’s speech was plagiarized

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Melania Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18, 2016.

Melania Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention on Monday, July 18. Controversy arose when parts of Mrs. Trump’s speech were found to be remarkably similar to Michelle Obama’s speech in 2008.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rep. Emanuel Cleaver had some strong words regarding the recent accusations of plagiarism in Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver sits down with FOX 4's John Pepitone.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver sits down with FOX 4’s John Pepitone.

Cleaver spoke to FOX 4’s John Pepitone on Wednesday on the current state of affairs of the city, and among the topics of current events was the controversy with Mrs. Trump’s speech.

“When I saw what has gone viral, the two speeches side by side, there’s little doubt that it was plagiarized. In fact, John McCain’s former campaign manager for his presidential run said on national TV last night, he said, ‘Look, they need to quit denying this and say, ‘Yes, it was plagiarized. Somebody was writing the speech and made a mistake and we should not have done and we’ll make sure it never happens again,'” Cleaver said.

The Democratic representative said he takes precautions with his own speeches.

“I vet my own speeches. I don’t want to take any chances,” he said. “The sooner somebody steps up and says, ‘Look, we are trying to find out who did it. When we do, they are going to be fired.’ I think it’s going to continue to be an issue around the country. Not just with Democrats, but Independents and Republicans as well.”