In the midst of plagiarism accusations surrounding Melania Trump due to a speech mishap at the Republican National Convention, a Trump staffer has come forward to admit that she is the cause of all this trouble.
In a letter posted online, Meredith McIver has said that she had indeed plagiarized parts of Michelle Obama’s speech while in the process of writing one for Mrs. Trump.
In a letter addressed to everyone wondering if Melania did commit plagiarism, McIver had identified herself as an in-house staff writer who works for the Trump organization. She said she has also been both a longtime friend and “admirer of the Trump family.”
McIver went on to explain how the speech mishap started. As it turned out, Melania and McIver knew about people who have inspired the former. McIver said that Mrs. Trump “has always liked” Michelle Obama. That was when Melania read her passages from the First Lady’s own speech. McIver said that she had written them down and ended up putting some phrases into her draft.
Afterwards, the version had “ultimately became the final speech.” McIver also said that she failed to check her work against the speech of Mrs. Obama herself.
“This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant,” she wrote.
This is not the first time McIver has worked with the Trump family. In fact, her profile in publishing company Simon & Schuster reveals that she is a ghostwriter for at least three of Donald Trump’s books including “Think Like a Champion,” “Trump: Think Like a Billionaire” and “Trump: How to Get Rich.”
According to All American Speakers, McIver is a writer and editor from San Jose, California who had graduated from the University of Utah back in 1976.