The Republican Party posted Donald Trump's 2020 campaign poster on Twitter with the slogan "We're Only Getting Stronger Together."
While around 55% of Americans disagree with that statement outright, its origins are garnering criticism as well.
If the slogan sounds familiar to you, that's because it was lifted from one of the most qualified presidential candidates in American history and Donald Trump's 2016 rival: Hillary Clinton.
🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 https://t.co/Ib5BUTCptO— GOP (@GOP)1549939201.0
Just in case you forgot about Clinton's slogan, here's photographic evidence. (Stronger Together was also the title of the book Clinton wrote with running mate Tim Kaine in 2016.)
@GOP ? https://t.co/lirr5dxLPn— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1549942300.0
Then Clinton responded.
"Now copy my plan on health care, a fairer tax system, and voting rights," she wrote.
Now copy my plan on health care, a fairer tax system, and voting rights. https://t.co/AGyA6ZHl1R https://t.co/OuFklznJgf— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1549984043.0
The GOP—and Trump—were roundly criticized.
@GOP “Stronger Together” was literally Hillary’s slogan I’m so embarrassed for you.— Molly Knight (@Molly Knight)1549942896.0
@molly_knight @gtconway3d @GOP Well he stole her presidency. Might as well steal her slogan too— Jane Austen (@Jane Austen)1549944595.0
@GOP Nothing says “together” than the president who uses racism as a campaign slogan— Molly Jong-Fast (@Molly Jong-Fast)1549940107.0
Others also came to Clinton's defense.
@HillaryClinton Well, he stole his main slogan, MAGA, from Reagan. At least now he's bi-partisan when it comes to stealing slogans.— Mike Blackwell (@Mike Blackwell)1549984612.0
@HillaryClinton gotta say, I'm loving the snark in the morning!— DonnaLynn Resists #GlovesOff #ITMFA (@DonnaLynn Resists #GlovesOff #ITMFA)1549985583.0
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it should be noted that those in Trump's orbit have been guilty of lifting from Clinton, not to mention other Democrats before.
In 2016, Melania Trump delivered the headlining speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, and at least one entire section was lifted from Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Journalist Jarrett Hill was the first to notice the similarities, which appeared to copy a section in which Obama talked about her husband’s hard work, strong values and personal code of ethics.
Transcripts of the parts in question indicate a nearly word-for-word similarity which began about two minutes into her address:
TRUMP: “From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond. And you do what you say and keep your promise. That you treat people with respect. They thought and showed me values and morals in their daily life.”
OBAMA: “And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond, that you do what you say you’re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them.”
Melania Trump claimed that she wrote the speech herself, and that she worked with a speechwriter for six to eight weeks in preparation for the convention.
Trump campaign issues statement: https://t.co/zgfOMmgGr3— Robert Costa (@Robert Costa)1468907449.0
The Trump campaign released a statement that did not acknowledge the controversy. Instead, the campaign praised her for speaking openly about her “immigrant experience.”