There's been little love on social media for Melania Trump since it became obvious that her RNC speech included (whether coincidentally or not) several lines from Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic Convention speech. You'd really feel for Melania after such a touching speech if there weren't portions lifted verbatim from FLOTUS — and, of course, without a shoutout to Michelle or her speechwriters. Now, the First Lady is a class act, and probably wouldn't hold any grudge or show up to Melania's next speech ready to rumble. But this one tweet about Melania's RNC speech makes you wish she would because it would be the perfect Bring It On response to the potential plagiarism fiasco.
Twitter user Chantel Nicole posted this hilarious scene from the first Bring It On movie, pointing out what would truly be the only proper response to the speech ripoff. If you've never seen the teen cult classic or simply don't remember the plot, let me refresh your memory: Kirsten Dunst becomes team captain of the Toros (Remember? "I said brrr, it's cold in here...") and all is happy in suburbia. But then transfer student Eliza Dushku tells the squad that their moves are all copied from another school's squad. Not cool. The Toros continue to use them anyway (at least for a bit) which brings us to this scene.
The hilarious similarities don't even end with plagiarism. The scene takes place at a Toros home game and the football team is losing terribly — that's basically what the GOP was and is doing at the RNC, losing on their own turf. Meanwhile, the award-winning cheerleaders try to inspire on the sidelines, not totally unlike Melania; she was looking good compared to the other speakers shouting about a fear of ISIS.
Then this next part is what we can only wish had happened, Michelle showing up to take her speech back. Thankfully in the movie it does. The rival school (hey, Gabrielle Union!) shows up in the stands and starts performing the routine alongside the Toros. This drives home the point to everyone there that the Dunst's squad is in desperate need of some new moves, just like Melania is in need of some new lines in her speech.
That need is still probably extremely apparent to the Trump team, even if their statement on the matter makes absolutely no sense:
In writing her beautiful speech, Melania's team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.
To be fair, the Toros won several national championships using the "borrowed" moves, but Melania's performance can hardly be considered a success. To her credit, she might not have been at all aware of the lines' origins, although she did previously claim to write the speech herself. Either way, the Trump camp once again has proven itself unprepared and unable to rise to the level of presidential politics. This is not a cheerocracy after all, and writing a simple speech should be the least of their problems.