Melania Trump, Michelle Obama

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If you were listening closely to Melania Trump‘s speech during the Republican National Convention tonight, and felt a bit of déjà vu, you weren’t alone.

While presidential candidate Donald Trump‘s wife took the podium tonight for the first night of the convention in Cleveland to address her husband’s run for the White House, the Slovanian model received cheers and applause from the audience.

But it seems as though part of her speech was taken from another political campaign a few years back—Michelle Obama‘s Democratic National Convention speech from 2008, to be exact.

The similarities were first pointed out by journalist Jarrett Hill on Twitter, who wrote, “Melania stole a whole graph from Michelle’s speech,” and included a copy of Obama’s speech with a YouTube link of Trump’s speech from tonight.

Here are the exact paragraphs in question for your reference:

Melania Trump, Republican National Convention 2016:

“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. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily life.

That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son, and we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow.

Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and willingness to work for them.”

Michelle Obama, Democratic National Convention 2008:

“…And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that 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, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them.

And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children—and all children in this nation—to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”

E! News reached out to both camps for comment.

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