Melania Trump just got caught stealing “Be Best” campaign guidelines from Obama admin

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Amid the highly publicized introduction of the First Lady’s “Be Best” campaign aimed at encouraging “positive social, emotional, and physical habits” among America’s children, Melania Trump seems to have been caught in an all too familiar controversy.

A Twitter user has pointed out that the White House’s highly touted “book by First Lady Melania Trump and the Federal Trade Commission” is, in fact, repeated almost verbatim from a pamphlet by the Obama administration and his FTC.

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Besides Melania’s introduction and various headers, the body of the work is identical to that of Obama’s FTC’s work. This is, of course, not the first time that Melania has taken credit for an Obama accomplishment, and certainly not the first time that her husband has done so either.

At the 2016 Republican National Convention, Melania shamelessly plagiarized the speech that Michelle Obama gave at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Trump, too, has been relentless in his appropriation of Obama accomplishments. Despite giving Obama no credit for the thriving economy when he was in office, Trump immediately took credit for it within weeks of taking office, despite operating under budgets and policies enacted by his predecessor.

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Despite the glaring hypocrisy of an initiative aimed at reducing cyberbullying while married to the biggest perpetrator of them all, I suppose that “Be Best” also makes an exception for plagiarism.

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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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