US Election: Plagiarised speech 'took the Trump people off-message'

American broadcaster Abdul-Hakim Shabazz says the controversy surrounding Melania Trump, the wife of the Republican candidate, could deal a blow to his campaign

Melanie Trump's keynote speech borrowed large chunks from Michelle Obama eight years ago

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It was one of the most important speeches Melania Trump will ever have to make, but it has had a result which no-one quite foresaw.

The internet went into meltdown when striking similarities were spotted in the keynote speech made by Donald Trump's wife on the opening night of the Republican National Convention to one that Michelle Obama had made in Denver in 2008.

Since then, she – and her husband's election campaign – has come under sustained fire, with accusations of plagiarism and ridicule from both Democrats and Republicans.

The billionaire businessman has today secured the Republican Party nomination to run for the White House, but Abdul Hakim-Shabazz, a broadcaster based in Indianapolis, Indiana, explained to Jonny Gould and Ash why the controversy surrounding Melania could have dealt a blow to the prospective president. 

'It took the Trump people off-message on a night when they were trying to talk about national security," he told the brothers Gould.

"The fact that Donald Trump has gone after Barack Obama so much just adds to the irony of the whole thing."

Listen to the full interview above