It has been revealed that the person for writing Melania Trump Republican National Convention speech is speechwriter Meredith McIver. In a statement, McIver admits her mistake, says while she offered her resignation, Donald Trump rejected it. This is no regular staff speechwriter, however, as McIver has been a ghostwriter for 4 Trump novels: Trump: Think Like a Billionaire with Donald J. Trump, Trump 101: The Way to Success with Donald J. Trump , A Pocket Guide To Trump: How To Get Rich, and Trump Never Give Up with Donald J. Trump.
During Melania Trump’s speech during the 2016 Republican National Convention, viewers began to take notice that her speech was strikingly similar to Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech. The speech in fact did have multiple stolen lines, and Meredith McIver had to take the blame.
Who Is Meredith McIver?
Meredith McIver is an author who has ghostwritten several books for Donald Trump. She is a former ballet dancer and an English major. She is an in-house staff writer for the Trump Organization, and is the woman responsible for Melania Trump’s plagiarized Republican National Conventional speech.
According to Speakerpedia: Meredith McIver has been a member of The Trump Organization since September of 2001. Prior to that she worked on Wall Street. Originally from San Jose, California, Meredith started her career at age 14 as a Ford Foundation Scholar, when she began training at George Balachine’s School of American Ballet. She graduated with honors from the University of Utah in English, and has worked as an editor and writer.
Meredith McIver Official Statement:
To whom it may concern:
My name is Meredith McIver and I’m an in-house staff writer at the Trump Organization. I am also a longtime friend and admirer of the Trump Family.
In working with Melania Trump on her recent First Lady speech, we discussd many people who inspired her and messages she wanted to share with the American people. A person she has always like is Michelle Obama. Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama’s speech as examples. I wrote them down and late included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech. I did not check Mrs. Obama’s speech. This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant.
Yesterday, I offered my resignation to Mr. Trump and the Trump family, but they rejected it. Mr. Trump told me that people make innocent mistakes and that we learn and grow from these experiences.
I asked to put out this statement because I did not like seeing the way this was distracting from Mr. Trump’s historic campaign for president and Melania’s beautiful message and presenatation.
I apologize for the confusion and hysteria my mistake has caused. Today, more than ever, I am honored to work for such a great family. I personally admire the way Mr. Trump handled the situation and I am grateful for his understanding.
Got to hand it to the Trump campaign for taking this massive mistake and using it as spin to make Trump seem compassionate. The dude used to have a TV where he was famous for ruthlessly firing people, and now he’s Mr. Compassion Understanding? Well played, Trump campaign, well played indeed.