Politics

Writer recycled his own material for Donald Trump Jr. speech

CLEVELAND — Donald Trump’s campaign faced questions Tuesday about plagiarism for a second consecutive day — but the writer behind the original work in question said the campaign did nothing wrong.

The Daily Show highlighted on Twitter similarities between two lines in Donald Trump Jr.’s convention address and an article by F.H. Buckley in The American Conservative. The passages in both Trump’s speech and Buckley’s writing compare American schools to Soviet-era department stores run for the benefit of the clerks, not the customers.

Buckley said that he was a “principal speechwriter” for Trump Jr.’s address, “so it’s not an issue.”

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The opening night of the Republican convention was marred by charges that Trump’s wife, Melania, included passages in her speech that were strikingly similar to Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention address.