Supporters of Melania Trump have come up with quite a variety of defenses following allegations that she plagiarized portions of the speech she delivered Monday evening on the first night of the Republican National Convention.
Portions of Trump's speech bear striking similarities to a speech that Michelle Obama gave at the Democratic National Convention more than eight years ago, and hundreds of thousands of users on social media have used the satirical hashtag #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes to shade Trump and imply the resemblance isn't a coincidence.
Meanwhile, RNC communications director Sean Spicer appeared on CNN this afternoon to continue the defense of Trump's speech but did so by comparing bits of her speech to phrases that have been used by other big names, including John Legend, Kid Rock and Twilight Sparkle, a My Little Pony.
Tara Strong, who voices Twilight Sparkle in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, was unmoved.
"It's sad that we've taken this fantastic moment with the world introduction of Melania Trump and gone through and allowed the Clinton campaign to say 'Hey, we googled a bunch of phrases and matched it up to three things that Mrs. Obama said'".
A top Republican official cited Twilight Sparkle while disputing claims that Melania Trump plagiarized a Michelle Obama speech.
Along with borrowing a line from "My Little Pony", Spicer said another line from her controversial speech was also similar to a well-known singer, Slate reported.
Rick Gates, another leading suspect and a Paul Manafort aide, is another leading suspect, but the Trump campaign denied that he had any speechwriting responsibilities. Share your thoughts with us!
Spicer called Trump's speech "phenomenal" and said he expects people were "unbelievably blown away and impressed with it". - Donald Trump's eldest son.