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Newsweek has accused Ivanka Trump of plagiarizing herself in a speech she gave in India this week.

“While Trump did say a few lines crafted specifically for the event she was attending—”In this ‘City of Pearls,’ the greatest treasure is you!” she said, citing Hyderabad’s moniker to an applauding audience—it appeared the breadth of her talking points were recycled from a previous speech she gave during a foreign trip earlier this month.” Newsweek reported in the article which appeared on Wednesday.

Newsweek went on to say that “Several lines the 36-year-old delivered Tuesday had been directly pulled from her poorly attended November 2 speech in Tokyo.” To back up their plagiarism claims.

The magazine then went on to note that it was fairly common for politicians and others to use lines from previous speeches—think stump speeches which rarely change, but still attacked Trump saying it was a reflection that she is more interested in her “newfound political brand” than the women’s empowerment which she was speaking about.

“Of course, Trump is far from the first person to pull from their old speeches—government officials, especially those campaigning, routinely use their old talking points in updated talks with voters across the country. Even comedians reuse the same punch lines, however inauthentic it may be.”

“Still, Trump’s recycling of her old speech could be more significant than simply her not having anything else to say about women’s empowerment. The repetitive lines could show where the first daughter’s focus lies in the White House, and what accomplishments she hopes to align with her newfound political brand.”

Newsweek was roasted on Twitter for making the accusation.

Newsweek issued the following correction but left the bulk of the article intact.

Correction: The headline of this story was changed to reflect that Trump reused portions of an earlier speech rather than “plagiarized” it. 

And what’s wrong with that?


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