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English Professor comments on alleged plagiarized speech at RNC

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Posted at 3:35 PM, Jul 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-19 22:47:15-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va.- Following the plagiarism allegations against Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican Convention, News 3 investigated.

After speaking to a professor at Tidewater Comunity College to get insight on the severity of plagiarism, Michael Blankenship said no doubt, she was wrong.

An English professor since 1988, Blankenships said that though he has seen few plagiarism instances from his students in his teaching career, it is still a big problem, even amongst public figures.

After seeing Melania Trump’s speech last night, it was apparent to Blankenship that they were words not of her own.

After citing several instances where political figures have received punishment for such acts he stated that people often plagiarize because “it’s the easy way out, but it’s easily avoided. All you have to do is give credit to the source.”

Trump’s Campaign Chairman here in Virginia told News 3 that someone that helped draft the speech made a mistake but the team does not think this is not a large issue.