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The unfortunate truth for celebrities or the US presidency’s presumptive nominees’ wives is that practically any instance of folly will be outlined, dissected and laughed at excessively on the internet. The latest case of this — after the Kanye vs. Taylor fight earlier this week — is none other than Donald Trump’s wife Melania Trump.
At Monday’s Republican National Convention, Melania Trump made a speech that, rather ironically, used an almost identical portion of Michelle Obama’s Democratic National Convention address from 2008. Whoops.
Trump released a statement on Twitter suggesting that her “team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations”.
Statement on Melania Trump Speech pic.twitter.com/80KgS0jxXz
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) July 19, 2016
And for those who haven’t heard either speech…
So that’s pretty blatant, right? pic.twitter.com/EPnHME7afV
— Mike Hearn (@mikehearn) July 19, 2016
In true internet style, netizens quickly moved to Twitter, creating the hashtag #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes. In similar vein to the Fake Quotations meme, users are sardonically and erroneously attributing famous scripts and one-liners from authors, cultural phenomena and celebrities to Mariana Trump.
Here’s a light sample.
“My first love broke my heart for
the first time and I was like:
Baby, baby, baby oh
Like baby, baby, baby no”#FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— HMZ (@HamzySnipes) July 19, 2016
“In west Philadelphia, born and raised. On the playground was where I spent most of my days.” #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— wikipedia brown (@eveewing) July 19, 2016
“I, am Malcolm X.” #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) July 19, 2016
“Luke, I am your father.”#FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— Luigi Toto (@luigitoto) July 19, 2016
E.T. phone home. #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— Teci (@Teci123) July 19, 2016
They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— Andrew O’Connor (@andydoconnor) July 19, 2016
I’m Batman #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes
— Christian Melling (@chrismelling88) July 19, 2016
#FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes is currently Twitter’s top trending topic worldwide, with “Melania Trump” also featuring.
Surprisingly, although Donald Trump’s wife is trending for all the wrong reasons, it’s been good day for the Trump team. According to social media analytics company Brandwatch, sentiment towards Trump in past hour has been overwhelmingly positive [73% of posts].
If the above selection of tweets just isn’t enough, track the hashtag in real time below.
Feature image: Marc Nozell via Flickr