Melania Trump could soon be America’s next First Lady. But recent events, from her plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s speech at the Republican Convention, to questions about whether she actually earned a college degree, to conflicting stories about her immigration status and her nude photo shoots have put into question whether Melania is ready for the job, or if Amerca s ready for her.
Melania’s Plagiarism Scandal
First there was Melania’s plagiarism scandal. In her speech at the Republican Convention, Melania Trump had several well written to lines in her speech that were apparently lifted directly from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech. Some of the lines were verbatim, others were lifted with minor edits to make them appear to be Melania’s own words.
Melania Trump had previously claimed in an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer to have written the speech herself,. But later when the plagiarism was revealed, the Trump campaign pointed the finger at a staff speechwriter. While Melania hasn’t commented on the scandal herself, a statement was issued on her Twitter account by the Trump campaign:
“In writing her beautiful speech, Melania‘s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. Melania‘s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success,” the statement read.
So was did Melania’s speech include “fragments that reflected her own thinking?” Or were some of these words lifted directly from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech? The video evidence tells the story:
Melania’s College Degree Scandal
Does Melania Trump have an Architectire degree in design and architecture from a “University in Slovenia” as she has claimed for years. Does she have any college degree at all? Apparently the answer is no. After being asked by several media outlets to prove that she does have a degree, Melania’s website suddenly disappeared. Luckily we have a screenshot:
Melania Trump claims to have received her college degree from the University in Slovenia.” One problem: there is no school called “University in Slovenia. ” And there also is no University of Slovenia.
After being questioned about her educational credentials, Melania’s website disappeared, and was redirected to Donald Trump’s website instead. So far she has not explained whether she actually has a degree, or if she does, where that degree came from. It appears that Melania Trump does not have a degree from anywhere, except perhaps from Trump University. Either way, apprently her college degree is a fake.
- Did Melania Trump Violate US Immigration Laws?
In several interviews, Melania Trump has stated when she first came to the US in 1995 she worked as a model. At the time she claims had a visa which required her to go back home to Slovenia periodically in order to renew it. However, if she had to go home to renew her visa, that would mean she either had a temporary visitor or a business Visa, not an H-1B or other type of visa a that allows non-citizens to work in the US. Via Politco:
…Melania Trump’s own statements suggest she may not have followed all applicable laws, immigration experts say.
In a January profile in Harper’s Bazaar, Trump said she would return home from New York to renew her visa every few months. “It never crossed my mind to stay here without papers. That is just the person you are,” she said. “You follow the rules. You follow the law. Every few months you need to fly back to Europe and stamp your visa. After a few visas, I applied for a green card and got it in 2001.”
In a February interview with Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Trump repeated that characterization of her early years in the United States. “I never thought to stay here without papers. I had visa. I travel every few months back to the country to Slovenia to stamp the visa. I came back. I applied for the green card. I applied for the citizenship later on.”
Melania Trump would have been in violation of her visa had she worked as a model under a temporary Visa. She would not have had to return home periodically if she had a valid work Visa. Based on her own account, Melania was most likely working in the US in violation of her visa status.
Melania Trump later went on to obtain her Green Card and eventually was granted permanent citizenship. But Donald Trump has made illegal immigration, and specifically the issue of immigrants stealing jobs from American citizens, the central part of his campaign.
This scandal goes to the heart of the Trump campaign. Since Melania came to the US on an airplane from Eastern Europe, this shows how building a wall on the Mexican border would not have prevented Melania or others fom around the world from entering the US legally and then working here illegally. It would be ironic if Donald Trump’s own wife was one of these immigrants.
Melania’s Nude Modeling Photos
Melania Trump was once a fashion model. That’s no surprise, but her nude modeling photos published in the NY Post just might be too much for many evangelical voters. Or maybe they like nude pictures as much as the average atheist.
The first NY Post cover to revalue her nude pix featured Melania Trump’s fully nude photos:
The second cover story revealed Melania posing nude with another woman.
Plagiarism. Immigration issues. Fake college degrees. Nude modeling. Is this the kind of background we expect in a First Lady?