Nearing the end of Monday's already-contentious Republican National Convention, Melania Trump was supposed to give a heartwarming, impassioned speech about her husband, presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump. Instead, journalist Jarrett Hill found that Melania (or the speechwriter Trump should have said "You're fired!" to this morning) had seemingly plagiarized at least two paragraphs of Michelle Obama's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The passages were almost word-for-word in parts. Now, knowing Team Trump, we're unlikely to see any sort of apology for this. But that hasn't stopped the internet from churning out some great Trump speech apology jokes.
If voters are actually seeking an apology, it looks like they'll have to turn to the internet to get it. So far, the Trump campaign is predictably writing off the small scandal as another attempt to bring down Trump — which they claim is somehow championed by Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
In a Tuesday morning appearance on CNN's New Day, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort brushed off the allegations as nothing more than a smear campaign: "There's no cribbing of Michelle Obama's speech. These are common words and values that she cares about her family, things like that ... This is once again an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down. It's not going to work."
Thankfully, the internet is asking "Is it too late to say sorry now?" in the wake of the Trump campaign's blatant denial. Perhaps one of the best apology parodies comes from Fusion's Jason Gilbert. The letter pulls and mixes from some of the greatest apologies in lyrical history: "This is me swallowing my pride — standing in front of you, saying I’m sorry for that night. I was alone, I took a ride, I didn’t know what I would find there ... But before you abuse, criticize and accuse: Walk a mile in my shoes ... But when I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom ... It’s hard to be humble when you stuntin’ on a Jumbotron." It even signs off with "Straight Outta Compton, Melania Trump."
And of course, there are a few more great ones from the fine folks on Twitter:
This is just the beginning to what is likely going to be a very interesting RNC. If Monday's ending was any indicator, there will probably be plenty to laugh at (among the terror) through the rest of the week.