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Pierson: Michelle Obama Doesn't Own Words Like 'Hard Work'

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Melania Trump "gave a speech from her heart," Donald Trump's national campaign spokeswoman said Tuesday, and even though there may have been similarities to first lady Michelle Obama's 2008 convention speech, it wasn't copied or plagiarized.

"This is not something Melania Trump did," campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson told MSNBC. "She had help, but what she did was give a speech from her heart. This is a woman where English is not her native language ... I will say, yes, there were similarities to that speech. And again, these were also platitudes and values even, you can find in any motivational speaker book. These were just values. It wasn't a policy speech. "

There are reports that said there were maybe "55-60 words out of 13,050" that matched up with Obama's speech, said Pierson. "That's a big difference."

Further, she said that she does not think Trump set out to copy anyone's speech.

"It wasn't even verbatim, and most people are agreeing with that," Pierson said. "There are absolutely similar statements. Here's the thing, hard work, dedication, respect, that is normal when it comes to a value. If there were stories, if there were policy positions, if there was a speech or something like that, I'd give you that."

Even though the speech has come under fire from the media, Pierson said that the media does not dictate what the Trump presidential campaign does.

"It was a fantastic speech, and we're proud of her," said Pierson. "These were values, that Melania Trump was talking about. They were not verbatim, and again, Michelle Obama does not own the words hard work and dedication and values. It's just not the case."

She also agreed with campaign chairman Paul Manafort's assertion that the story was being pushed by presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign.

"This was seconds after the speech that this was pushed out there," said Pierson. "Every person wasn't sitting around how to go after Melania Trump. We're not saying it's Hillary Clinton herself, but it's obviously a staffer. This is politics, this is what happens."

And she's not surprised the media has been reporting on the issue, because she thinks it could be argued that "the media does work for the Clinton campaign."

Pierson said she does not think the controversy will divert this week's convention.

"The media will report however they want," said Pierson. "Let me tell you the campaign position. The campaign position is simple, we are here and we are announcing to the world who Mr. Trump is, who the family is, and what he stands for. And not even the media is going to take us off message."

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Melania Trump "gave a speech from her heart," Donald Trump's national campaign spokeswoman said Tuesday, and even though there may have been similarities to first lady Michelle Obama's 2008 convention speech, it wasn't copied or plagiarized.
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