Smith Defends Melania Trump

Congressman Lamar Smith is defending Melania Trump’s speech on opening night at the Republican National Convention.

He told Jack Riccardi that Mrs. Trump’s address was powerful and she was articulate.

The U.S. Representative from San Antonio says critics who are stirring up a controversy over some similarities to Michelle Obama’s speech 8 years ago at the Democratic National Convention are “making a mountain out of a molehill.”

“I think we have to put it in perspective. If she happens to have a few words that sound like Mrs. Obama, there’s nothing wrong with that,” Smith said.

Monday night, Melania Trump discussed her upbringing, saying, “From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise, that you treat people with respect.”

At the Democratic National Convention in 2008, Mrs. Obama said, “Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values — like you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do, that you treat people with dignity and respect.”

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