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Finally, the Trump camp gets to ‘sorry’ on Melania’s speech

A Trump Organization staffer apologized for Melania Trump’s speech Wednesday.
A Trump Organization staffer apologized for Melania Trump’s speech Wednesday.

The Trump campaign figured it out Wednesday: Sorry sometimes works best.

An in-house writer at the Trump Organization released a statement moments ago saying it was her fault Melania Trump’s RNC speech Monday contained passages cribbed from Michelle Obama’s 2008 address to the Democratic National Convention.

“I apologize for the confusion and hysteria my mistake caused,” Meredith McIver said.

This comes one day after Trump surrogates went on TV to deny there was plagiarism, then say that there was just a little plagiarism, then point out other people’s plagiarism, then even bring My Little Pony into this mess.

Eventually, the campaign landed where it should have all along, which is to say “oops” (or better, have a non-Trump say “oops”) and move on.

That’s one important convention day wasted on a narrative that could have been dispatched in a few fast news-cycle hours.

Trump has famously said he never apologizes. That’s a poor trait in a presidential candidate, or a president, or anyone, and this week it turned a two-hour bruise into a two-day bruise.

Peter St. Onge

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