Republican National Convention 2016: Melania Trump Offers Her First-Lady Vision, The Donald Co-Opts Queen

Preparing for potential first lady Melania Trump’s speech on the opening night of the Republican National Convention, a small, silly, snarky part of me was hoping she’d use the primetime exposure to promote the “timepieces and fashion jewelry” she sells at #MakeAmericaElegantAgain

Nothing that spectacularly crazy happened, I’m sorry/pleased to report. Unless, of course, you caught the part of Melania’s talk that sounded eerily like the chorus to Rick Astley’s greatest hit. “He will never, ever give up, and most importantly, he will never, ever let you down,” Melania said about her husband Donald, the presumptive Republican nominee. But will he never run around and desert us, too?

[UPDATE: Speaking of eerie coincidences, a number of media outlets (and much of Twitter) are buzzing about startling similarities between a passage in Melania’s speech and remarks made in 2008 by current First Lady Michelle Obama. Click here for more details.]

If we’re talking musical references, though, can I pause here and acknowledge The Donald’s eye-popping chutzpah? I mean, taking the stage to introduce Melania to the tune of Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” willfully juxtaposing the voice of the band’s late, gay frontman Freddie Mercury with his party’s 2016 platform that’s taking an unprecedented stand against LGBT rights? Damn, dude, that’s shameless.

“We’re gonna win so big,” Donald said not once, not twice, but four times in succession before yielding the mic to his wife.

Melania, for her part, played the role of sour cream in this electoral plate of nachos, cooling down the fiery salsa campaign rhetoric favored by her spouse on his way toward the nomination.

Indeed, Melania insisted that all 17 candidates who set out for the Republican nomination “deserve respect,” whether or not Donald ever gave it to ’em.

After that, the Slovenian native described her upbringing, her journey to the United States. via the world of fashion and modeling, and her eventual swearing in as a citizen — “the greatest privilege on Planet Earth” — in 2006.

Melania then switched gears in an effort to humanize and hype her spouse, arguing his “kindness is not always noted, but it is there for all to see.” She added Donald would be a president “for all the people, not just some of the people… Christians, Jews and Muslims, Hispanics, African-Americans and Asians, the poor and the middle class.”

Finally, Melania offered her not entirely specific agenda as possible first lady. “We need new programs to help the poor and opportunities to challenge the young. There has to be a plan for growth.” She said her main focus would be on “helping children and women,” ensuring them “comfort and security and the best possible education.”

In the night’s greatest understatment, Melania concluded it wouldn’t be a Trump contest “without excitement and drama,” but that in spit of it, Donald’s focus would remain squarely on “this beautiful country that he loves so much.”

How did you feel about Melania’s headlining speech on Night One of the RNC? Does she get a “you’re hired” or “you’re fired”? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. Ws says:

    Lot of crazy deranged speakers tonight … “Donald Trump’s America” would be a scary place.

  2. Scott says:

    Melania Trump…making America sexy again

  3. flowerduh says:

    All I gotta say is WOW! (And not in a good way) I give her a “B” for effort.

  4. opus says:

    Hasn’t Donald Trump been asked/told not to use “We Are the Champions” as a theme? I was appalled!!!!

    • peterwdawson says:

      It’s Trump.

      “Hey, don’t use We Are the Champions.”
      “What’s that? Use ‘We Are the Champions’? Great idea, glad I thought of it.”
      “No, I mean-”
      “Oh look, Crappy Queen is still talking. Nah, bing bing, go away, I have an election to win.”

      • Tony Lang says:

        “I know Queen, okay?! I have the best Queen! Ask the gays who knows Queen the best, Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump! I’m gonna play Queen all day long on my wall and Mexica’s gonna pay for the speakers, okay?! It’s gonnabe unbelievable!”

      • TV Gord says:

        He got around it by not using the original recording. It was a house band doing a cover of the song. The Turtles are also upset that he used their song, “Happy Together”, but there’s not much they can do about it. Trump’s people know the bands will issue statements the next day, but his zombie-disciples don’t care, so he won’t lose any votes over it.

  5. Swear says:

    Ah, feel the gate, bet it will a different tune when the DNC rolls around…..

  6. Swear says:

    The hate, I meant lol

    • Rob Tyler says:

      That’s a valid point. I frankly can’t stand either candidate–but, am amazed at how blatant and judgemental the vitriol is when reporting one side–but, I bet next week it will be all sweetness and light. Guess, fair and unbiased reporting has left the building…..

  7. Christopher Duran Sr says:

    Will Donald Trump export his wife and children?
    How can we have a Communist First Lady in OUR WHITE HOUSE?

    Google Melania Trumps name and her Father admits that Donald Trump is a Communist for the purpose of business and ideology!!

    His exwife admitted that Donald Trump slept with Adolf Hitler’s books and writings at his nightstand.

    Melania said that if Trump wins we are going into a new movement!

    I could go on and on however please rethink your vote. America is in trouble if Trump wins!!

    America was built on immigration.
    I’m an all American, American. But We shall live by our Declaration of Independence, Our Bill of rights. Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion and the right to bear Arms.
    Will American’s be the next people to be Extinct as the American Indian’s? May God bless. America.
    Christopher Duran Sr.

  8. cuius says:

    Well Said, Michael. Problem is you, and the rest of the media, have played into his (small?) hands, and provided the free publicity that has been the life-blood of his campaign

  9. DV says:

    She read her speech like she was running for Ms. America. Her generic “I will work for women and children” Was laughable. She’s in over her head but I don’t blame her because this isn’t something she probably signed on for. The arena didn’t seem so full and was very very… white. To me, the whole thing seemed awkward and lacked energy.

  10. D says:

    Anyone is better than Clinton, i’d vote for a frog before her

    • Mary says:

      Really a loud mouth clueless man who acts like a petulant child and has no diplomacy whatsoever is better. You know the old saying the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

      • D says:

        and an incompetent liar, sleazy criminal, neglectful murderer would be better, Clinton is a moron the FBI probe all but said that and she lies more often than tells the truth she is a two faced liar, you can’t trust ANYTHING she says, She’s a Kingpin level criminal that uses her political connections to keep escaping the noose. she’s like a female Al Capone, only better. Why would anyone, especially Democrats put this Anti-Feminist into the Presidency? Her husband is a serial cheater that abused his power taking advantage of women that worked for him, that he had power over and she stayed with him, protected him, supported him and went after his victims

        • Mary says:

          For one thing she has NEVER been charged for murder and if you are naive enough to believe the BS then it shows your ignorance not hers. Secondly she is running for the office not her husband so again she is not responsible for his actions – and your man has been a serial cheater also so your point is mute. She is not the first nor the last to stay with their husband when they cheat, nor is she the first wife to defend their husband.
          Why would any Republican put the loud mouth reality star who has spent his life screwing people over and has no clue on economics or foreign policy. When every Country questions his sanity and knowledge except Russia and North Korea that might be a wake up call to most sane individuals but obviously not to the Trump followers.

          • D says:

            You’re right she has NEVER been convicted, she’s a really good criminal. She’s still married to Bill and supported him through all his cheating and abuse of power, she IS responsible for supporting, defending and attacking his victims. I never said I supported Trump he’s a clown but at least he’s an honest clown and anyone is better than Clinton. She’s not the first woman to stay with her husband when they cheat? No crap, but very few women stay with a husband that has cheated more than 6 times and is currently still cheating, If nothing else this proves she’s weak and pathetic.
            yeah, Hillary did such a great job on Foreign policy, she helped create ISIL by pure stupidity and paving the way for them, She left an Ambassador so vulnerable that it cost him and others their lives. Her economic plans have led to huge debt, loss of jobs and trade that benefits everyone except average Americans. Trump is a buffoon but not a moron he’ll at least get knowledgeable experts to advise and support him, Hillary will pay off political favors and lead with incompetence, Trump is the lesser of 2 evils

          • Mary says:

            Read the final report and you will realize that your statement about leaving an ambassador vulnerable is total fabrication. If you want to point fingers point them at Congress. Are you for real, explain how her economic plans have led to huge debt and loss of jobs. Do you know how the Government works?? What you are trying to say I guess is you don’t agree with the way Democrats run things, but look at past history and see when America was the most profitable. Republicans trickle down economy has never worked.

        • LT says:

          Not that I agree…but she can’t be too “incompetent” if she’s never been charged for anything. ;)

          According to your theory, anyone who supposedly did all these heinous acts for the last 30 years and is still shining can’t be too much of a “moron”, eh?

          Point being…you know not what you speak.

    • A fan of TV says:

      Thank heavens for the rest of us that Trump is no frog, then, just a race-baiting, fear-mongering, ego-driven POS who took a million-dollar loan from his Dad and went bankrupt with it four times, has an unhealthy obsession with shiny things and lying, and would take his worst qualities into one of the most important job in the world, only to do to America what he’s done to his own companies. A frog at least makes sweeter sounds when it opens its mouth, but I think we both know Hillary could write better emails than either the frog or the wasted angry excuse for a candidate on the GOP side! Since there’s no frog on the ticket this year, might as well vote for the person who isn’t in this just to say they got to live in the White Or, be exactly what Trump wants you to be and has called his own supporters – the voter dumb enough to give him the job!

  11. Geo says:

    I liked Melina’s speech better back when Michelle Obama gave it at the 2008 Democratic Convention.

    Seriously, look up the news stories that are coming out right now: Melina plagiarized an entire paragraph of her speech tonight from Michelle Obama. D’oh!

    • Ninamags says:


      Plagerism at its finest.


      Aaaaand just like that, all the crap all those delusional idiots spouted for the entire day gets erased by this epic failure to end all failures 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

      • Fred says:

        Plagiarism at it finest was when Joe Biden dropped out of the 1988 presidential race due to the fact that he got caught plagiarizing a British politician.

        • eh says:

          Actually, plagiarism is wrong unless you happen to be a republican- then it’s an “accident” that happened over and over again. Yes, Joe Biden got busted and rightfully stepped out of the “88 race. It also means that he’s more careful and hasn’t done it in over twenty years.

          Can you same the same for Rand Paul or David Clements or Sarah Palin or Ben Carson or John Walsh? They have been caught plagiarizing within the last three years and have not suffered for their thefts.

          but by all means…..bring up something Biden did in 1988. That is definitely an effective counter. It wasn’t at it’s finest. It was just the last time there was an actual consequence to that action and the punishment is a free ride for the Republicans in perpetuity.

          • Mary says:

            I cannot wait to see how Trump will spin this. He can’t fire the writer because it was pointed out that his wife wrote it. Maybe he will blame it on Obama or Clinton like he seems to do quite frequently.

          • Mary says:

            Yep just as I surmise the campaign manager is blaming Clinton. Just like Trump their Parents never made them take responsibility for any of their actions, it is always someone fault.

          • Lucifer says:

            I seem to recall Obama partially plagiarizing Deval Patrick’s speech back in 2008. He got out of it by basically saying it was a sign of respect for Patrick.

          • A fan of TV says:

            Lucifer, if you are in any way aware of the content of Patrick and Obama’s speeches, the accusation was made by Hillary in the midst of their Dem campaign in 08. If you read both passages (and i’d bet money you haven’t), you see that both men are paraphrasing I Have a Dream, anyway (which every politician worth his salt has managed at least once in their own careers, let’s be honest), and are not word-for-word the same. The two passages from Melania’s speech, on the other hand, are unmistakeably, word for word, exactly the same message. Certainly, there’s no way the Trump team is going to come out and claim respect for the other side to ‘get away with’ this, either! Nor are they going to want to admit they were too lazy to rewrite a bar or two.

        • dancmh says:

          When you have to go back 28 years to try and make a point, don’t bother. Just go home. You’re drunk.

    • Callie says:

      Our current vice-president, Joe Biden, dropped out of the 1988 presidential race because he was caught plagiarizing. Maybe she took a page out his book.

    • John NYC says:

      Well to be fair that would have been her speechwriters.

    • Lyn says:

      Michelle Obama took a good bit of her speech from Bon Jovi’s playlist and it was riddled with cliche’s from decades of valedictorian speeches. No one says much that is new. It’s all been said before.

      • A fan of TV says:

        But everyone else manages to find a different way of saying it, unlike this time where you can play the audio of both speeches on top of the other and the words and phrasing are exactly the same. She did the high school essay equivalent of copying and pasting and forgetting to change the formatting of the copied text to match the rest of your own essay, thus painting a big red target on her speech!

  12. just starting to get juicy

  13. Ginger says:

    Her speech is eerily similar (and by eerily similar I mean pretty close to word for word) is to Michelle Obama’s DNC speech from 2008. Someone needed help when trying to think of good things to say about Donald Trump.

  14. Lostgirl815 says:

    Make America Plagerize Again. Michelle did a much better job giving that speech in 2008. Melinda practically lifted a whole paragraph!

  15. JosiahBartlet4President says:

    Apparently, Melania plagiarized her speech from First Lady Michelle Obama.

  16. Mary says:

    Is it me or does others think Caitlyn Jenner and Melania looks like sister. I did a double take when I saw a side view of her. Oh well, do we really have a week of this circus.

  17. Maria says:

    “…played the role of sour cream in this electoral plate of nachos…” That may be the best thing I’ll read all day. :)

  18. JScout says:

    The best parts were plagiarized from Michelle Obama. Not surprising really. Of course, Michelle did a much better job of it.

  19. Melody says:

    Is it me or does Melania Trump look like a 25 years younger version of Caitlyn Jenner?

  20. Millie says:

    The fact that she used a (soon to be unemployed) scriptwriter isn’t what speaks of her character.
    The fact that she lied about writing it herself is what speaks of her character.

  21. elf says:

    Don’t forget, Bill Clinton will get to speak at the DNC in his roles as ex-president and as spouse of the party’s candidate. I can’t wait for him to tell us about what it was like to grow up as a young girl in Slovenia.

  22. sunshine says:

    Picking on that poor woman in any way is crass. We used to have the decency to let the wives alone, you are certainly no gentleman. Go play in your sixth grade playground and go nanny nanny boo boo to all the other twerps your (mental) age.

    • Elf says:

      Have you ever listened to her husband speak? He can’t go three sentences without calling someone a name or making fun of them. If you’re going to complain about name calling, start there.

      • Rob Tyler says:

        Oh, so, because her husband does something that gives you carte blanche to go after her? Wow, real mental midget aren’t you? Try again in 10 years when you grow up……

        • Elf says:

          You misunderstood. Sunshine above complained about the writer of this article picking on Melania, yet conveniently ignores the fact that Donald Trump is one of the biggest misogynists out there, insulting women left and right. so if it’s good enough for her husband to do, why should it be off limits to do the same to Melania? It’s a double standard that Sunshine conveniently ignored.

    • Temperance says:

      If they put themsleves out there, they get the heat. She’s a lying, plagarizing, dim, college-dropout that married down for cash, and it just got real.

    • Mary says:

      I don’t think anyone is picking on her just pointing out the obvious. Sorry when candidates use their Spouses and children to further their agenda then they can take the responsibility of the fallout. When were the Spouses left alone I remember attacks on Michelle and this was mild compare to that. Maybe you thought that was okay because he wasn’t your choice.

  23. Eurydice says:

    I think she did fine, considering that she’s not a public speaker and English isn’t her native language. She was certainly less bombastic and overwrought as some of the other speeches.

  24. LT says:

    Can someone explain how this political party that is sooooo against foreigners and supposedly so moralistic can idolize this woman who is a third wife and speaks in broken English? Seems like the antithesis of what they want, no?

  25. Temperance says:

    Yes, Natasha (“moose and squirrel”), the lying colleged-dropout and plagarist extraorinaire, just added glitter to the gibbering insanity of the evening. It was a low point of American history, coming in just below the Tuskegee Experiments.

  26. kath says:

    Donald used We Are The Champion’s in spite of Queen’s refusal to let it be used for any political campaign and Melania plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech. How anyone can think that this campaign has either respect for others or original ideas is beyond me.
    On the other hand, it’s providing for lots of humor.