Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention in August took an embarrassing turn when many noticed striking similarities between her words and those of Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention address. Mrs. Trump’s speech about family values and the incentive for working hard was, at moments, nearly identical to Mrs. Obama’s speech, with phrases like “values that you work hard for in your life” copied verbatim. Given these similarities, allegations of plagiarism were immediately mounted against the prospective First Lady. To follow up these allegations, the Judicial Committee of Choate Rosemary Hall has decided to hold a hearing with Mrs. Trump to ascertain the details surrounding her honor code infraction and provide a punishment befitting her transgressions.
Although, many citizens were concerned that Trump would be given special treatment in the high-profile case due to her affluence and status, the chair of the Judicial Committee, Olivia Van Den Born ’17, denied such claims, telling reporters, “We plan on processing this case just as we would any other. All citizens are equal in the view of the Student Handbook, and it is the responsibility of all JC representatives to put political biases aside in order to pursue justice and a fair trial.”
In an exclusive interview with reporters, Donald Trump said of the trial, “We’re gonna do this, and we’re gonna do it right. I’m gonna stand by my wife and we’re gonna do this correctly. She hasn’t done anything wrong, and we’re gonna make sure that’s clear. We’re going to do this right, and once we’re done doing this right, we’re gonna fix this country and make America great again—the right way.”
Ivanka Trump ’00, Melania Trump’s stepdaughter, drew upon her knowledge of the JC from her time at Choate to advise her stepmother on how to handle the meeting. Her confidence bolstered by the insider knowledge, Mrs. Trump herself was seemingly optimistic about the upcoming trial, telling reporters, “I don’t believe I’ve done anything wrong; I just said what I thought. There are only so many words in the English language, and maybe we used a few of the same ones. Always remember that Donald and I want the children in this nation to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them, and that is what we truly believe.”
Melania Trump’s hearing will take place on October 30, 2016. The verdict will be released in the following days. At press time, Melania told reporters that she was not anxious about the trial in the slightest, saying, “The only thing I have to fear is fear itself.”