Local experts weigh in on Melania Trump speech

News 12 Connecticut spoke with Sacred Heart University professor Gregory Golda Tuesday for his take on Melania Trump's Republican National Convention speech that is drawing

Golda, a communications professor and ethics expert, says there are very clear standards and that the incident would qualify as plagiarism in the academic world.

Golda, a communications professor and ethics expert, says there are very clear standards and that the incident would qualify as plagiarism in the academic world. (7/19/16)

FAIRFIELD - News 12 Connecticut spoke with Sacred Heart University professor Gregory Golda Tuesday for his take on Melania Trump's Republican National Convention speech that is drawing plagiarism claims.

Critics say that Melania Trump's speech was similar to a speech Michelle Obama gave back in 2008. They say two lines in particular are very close.

Golda, a communications professor and ethics expert, says there are very clear standards and that the incident would qualify as plagiarism in the academic world.

"We've seen many examples over the years of not only politicians, but political writers, of lifting passages from other places and not doing the citation work and it's an issue," he says.

News 12 also spoke with state Republican Party Chairman JR Romano for his take on the matter. Romano was in Cleveland for the speech Monday night and says all the talk about plagiarism boils down to about 50 words in the speech. He claims it is all just a distraction.

Trump's campaign said in a statement that Melania's team of writers took notes on her life's inspirations and, "In some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking."

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