CLEVELAND — Gov. Scott Walker deferred to the Trump campaign a question Tuesday about evidence of plagiarism in Melania Trump’s Republican National Convention speech — an issue that surfaced with his 2014 opponent’s campaign.
“She’s not the candidate, so I’ll give her deference and let them explain staff or otherwise,” Walker said. “Donald Trump is the candidate, Mike Pence is the vice presidential candidate and I’ll be watching closely what they say Wednesday and Thursday night.”
Trump’s speech used two passages that appeared to be almost identical to Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech.
Walker’s 2014 Democratic opponent Mary Burke’s jobs plan was found to include passages lifted from other Democratic campaign documents.
In that case, a Burke campaign staffer took the blame for using the wrong draft and was fired.
Walker criticized Burke because her business acumen was the centerpiece of her campaign. His campaign ran an ad of Burke struggling to provide a definition of plagiarism.
RNC chairman Reince Priebus said in response to the Trump controversy that he would “probably” fire whoever wrote the speech.