So that was Wednesday morning.
This is Wednesday by noon:
"Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama’s speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech. I did not check Mrs. Obama’s speeches," McIver said in the statement. "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."I don't believe it for a minute. I think the Trumps just finally dredged up a fall guy, not least because Trump was mocking the whole issue earlier. But here's the question:
Who's in charge here?
The candidate dismisses the contretemps by comparing it to the FBI e-mail investigation. The campaign manager goes on TeeVee to say it never happened, uh-uh, not at all. And then the Trump Organization releases a statement blaming it on a former ballet instructor and ghostwriter/in-house staff writer at the Trump Organization.
But plagiarism is the most grievous sin any writer can commit:
“The most cardinal rule of any speech-writing operation is that you cannot plagiarize,” said Mr. Latimer, the Bush speechwriter, who is now a partner at Javelin, a communications firm. If you do, he said, “you lose your job.”
Well, unless you work for Trump.
Which returns us to the question: is this who we want to be in charge? (and does he want to be in charge? Signs point to "No." But that's another story, still.)