Mrs. Trump spoke at the Republican National Convention and Branstad said this morning her speech was “very well done.”
“The fact that you had a few lines that were similar — when you talk about raising children and you talk about the American Dream, these are pretty common things that people talk about, so I don’t see anything,” Branstad said. “Much to do about nothing, really.”
Iowa Republican Party Jeff Kaufmann is a community college professor who keeps an eye out for plagiarism among his students.
“I’d have to see the written word, but it’s going to have to be lifting actual paragraphs…I didn’t hear that,” Kaufmann said this morning. “…This smells a little bit like the Democrats, the Clinton folks — much ado about nothing, trying to derail things.”
State Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull is a convention delegate who also teaches a couple of courses at Dordt College and his students “get a zero” when they plagiarise.
“Was it word for word or was it rewritten enough?” Feenstra said are his means of evaluating potential plagiarism. “I think hers would have probably been rewritten somewhat, from what I’ve heard.”
Feenstra, though, said this is a “sideline issue” and Republicans are paying attention to more important policy matters.
Senator Joni Ernst spoke at the convention about an hour after Mrs. Trump. She said Melania Trump delivered a “beautiful speech” and “did a marvelous job.” Senator Chuck Grassley is also defending Mrs. Trump and rejecting the idea she — or someone on the Trump campaign who wrote the speech — committed plagiarism last night.