Mrs Trump's other famous quotes: "One small step for man..."

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When Donald Trump was asked by Bill O'Reilly if he thought his wife would be nervous on her maiden campaign speech, the Presidential hopeful sounded relaxed. "She's a very confident person," Trump said.

Let's face it, Melania Trump's speech on the opening night of the Republican National Conference was always going to trend. It had been noted that she had made relatively few public appearances during her husband's campaign, when compared with other Presidential candidate spouses.

And as Melania Trump took the podium at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Ohio, and told the world why her husband should be the 45th President of the United States, social media didn't seem too concerned about her delivery or demeanour. But it had a lot to say about the content.

Tweeters like Jarrett Hill began to notice a certain familiar ring to Trump's words.

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That's because some passages of the speech appeared to be almost word-for-word copies of Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Conference in 2008. (We won't compare side-by-side, our BBC colleagues have already done that here.)

Political pundits noticed too. MSNBC's Brian Williams noted that it would "likely be a thing" by morning. It certainly was a thing. Within hours the world's top trend on Twitter was #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes, which has been used more than 400,000 times.

Not shy of taking a digital jab when it comes to politics, Twitter users soon decided to weigh in, wondering what else Trump would claim to be her own words and soon began appropriating famous quotes to her. Maybe Neil Armstrong's iconic words from 1969 as he stepped foot on the moon?

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Or this, arguably more iconic (we're joking), line from Scooby Doo.

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Maybe Rihanna didn't really write her song "Work", maybe it was penned by Trump?

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Some also suggested that Mrs Trump's words weren't the only thing that seemed to have been borrowed.

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Some on social media wondered if she was deliberately copying the first lady, a graduate from Princeton University, who famously came from humble beginnings in Chicago.

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And it didn't go unnoticed that Trump had said earlier that she had written her speech with "little help".

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Image caption This tweet used a photo of pop group Milli Vanilli who didn't sing on their records

Trump's speech is not the first one to be accused of bearing striking similarities to others.

Vice President Joe Biden withdrew from his own bid for the presidency in 1988 after he admitted plagiarising a speech by the then leader of the British Labour Party, Neil Kinnock.

Then in 2008, President Obama gave a speech in Wisconsin during his first election campaigning where said stressed the importance of words.

"Don't tell me words don't matter," said the President, 'I have a dream.' Just words. 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.' Just words. 'We have nothing to fear but fear itself.' Just words. Just speeches."

It was quickly noticed that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick had used striking similar words in a 2006 speech.

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'We have nothing to fear, but fear itself,' … just words. 'Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.' Just words. … 'I have a dream' … just words,'" he said, switching from FDR to JFK to MLK.

Similarly Obama's 2008 campaign slogan, "Yes we can," was also identical to Patrick's phrase from 2006.

President Obama's then rival, Hillary Clinton criticised him by saying, "If your whole candidacy is about words, they should be your words."

Donald Trump's campaign have released a statement saying that "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. "

Blog by Megha Mohan

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