By Shawn Rice
President Donald Trump plagiarizing his commencement speech at Liberty University from Reese Witherspoon in “Legally Blonde” is false. Trump’s address in May 2017 bore remarkable similarities to one given by Witherspoon’s character in the 2001 film. However, it is false to say that he plagiarized the film’s speech.
After Trump delivered a commencement speech to the graduating class of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Jimmy Fallon devoted part of his Tonight Show monologue to a video montage comparing snippets from Trump’s speech to one given by Witherspoon’s character, Elle Woods, in the 2001 comedy Legally Blonde.
The above clip quickly went viral on social media. Many social media users likened this alleged plagiarism to the scandal that erupted during the 2016 presidential campaign when First Lady Melania Trump gave a speech that borrowed heavily from one delivered by former First Lady Michelle Obama in 2008.
A number of media outlets joined the Occupy Democrats Facebook page (above) in sharing the Fallon clip under headlines declaring, with varying degrees of sarcasm, that Trump similarly “plagiarized” Legally Blonde.
“Trump’s commencement address casts striking similarities to Legally Blonde,” noted Daily Mail Online with no detectable sense of irony (and an apparent inability to tell what color hair Donald Trump has):
Having a head of bleach blonde hair isn’t the only thing President Trump has in common with Reese Witherspoon’s character in Legally Blonde.
The two have a similar way with words as well.
As pointed out by Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show, Trump’s commencement address at Liberty University this weekend drew parallels to the graduation speech that Elle Woods gives at the end of the hit 2001 film.
According to Snopes, there is no basis in reality for suggesting that Trump copied any part of his speech from Legally Blonde. Fallon’s montage used a very few cherry-picked moments from different parts of Trump’s address to create the impression that the president echoed Witherspoon character’s words.
WOODS: “We take our next steps into the world…”
TRUMP: “You must go forth into the world…”
WOODS: “It is with passion…”
WOODS: “Courage of conviction…”
TRUMP: “Courage in your convictions…”
WOODS: “And most importantly…”
TRUMP: “Most importantly…”
WOODS: “Have faith in yourself.”
TRUMP: “Be true to yourself.”
WOODS: “We did it.”
TRUMP: “I did it.”
However, there are no “striking similarities” between Trump’s 32-minute, 3,800-word address and Witherspoon’s Legally Blonde speech, which comprised no more than 100 words and lasted all of 60 seconds on screen.
“On our very first day at Harvard, a very wise Professor quoted Aristotle: “The law is reason free from passion.” Well, no offense to Aristotle, but in my three years at Harvard I have come to find that passion is a key ingredient to the study and practice of law — and of life. It is with passion, courage of conviction, and strong sense of self that we take our next steps into the world, remembering that first impressions are not always correct. You must always have faith in people. Go to the full article.
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