Donald Trump Jr.'s RNC Speech Uses Lines From Conservative Columnist

Trump Jr.'s speechwriter wrote the column where the passage originated.

A day after GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, plagiarized portions of her Republican National Convention speech from first lady Michelle Obama, Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. gave an address that used several lines from a conservative columnist with permission.

Trump Jr., who gave a keynote address at the convention in Cleveland on Tuesday evening, used language from a column published in May in The American Conservative.

The writer of the column, F.H. Buckley, confirmed that Trump Jr. had permission to use the passage. Buckley said he helped write Tuesday night’s speech.

The copying of lines in Trump Jr.’s speech is small in comparison with Melania Trump’s speech Monday night, which plagiarized significant portions from a 2008 speech by Michelle Obama. Nevertheless, it came as the controversy over Melania Trump’s speech continued to simmer and raised questions about the Trump campaign’s vetting of convention speeches.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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