At first, conservatives attempted to accuse Michelle Obama of plagiarism, but now the GOP is going after Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
After an embarrassing scandal involving the speech that Melania Trump gave at the RNC being lifted from a 2008 speech by Michelle Obama, the Republican Party was desperate to find something that could come close to plagiarism. One right-wing pundit accused Michelle Obama of plagiarism. Donald Trump Jr. also accused President Barack Obama of plagiarism because he used the phrase "That's not the America I know." However, if that was plagiarism, then Trump plagiarized it from President Obama who actually first used the phrase in Cleveland in 2010.
The only thing they could manage, according to The Hill, was Clinton saying "America is great because America is good." RNC communications director Sean Spicer alleges that it's ripped from Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, which reads, "America is great because she is good."
#plagarism alert @hillaryclinton at @DemConvention "America is great bc America is good," de Tocqueville "America is great bc she is good"— Sean Spicer (@Sean Spicer) 1469762953.0
“But here’s the sad truth: There is no other Donald Trump — this is it,” Clinton said Thursday. "And in the end, it comes down to what Donald Trump doesn’t get: that America is great — because America is good. So, enough with the bigotry and the bombast. Donald Trump’s not offering real change. He’s offering empty promises.”
According to an analysis from The Weekly Standard, the quote is a frequently used reference, though it isn't a direct quote from the book. It's simply a paraphrase.
If the RNC is so desperate to find uses of plagiarism they could also accuse Clinton of lifting "God bless America," which appears on the U.S. currency, or accuse Chelsea Clinton who referred to "the sound and fury" of Trump's dramatic convention entrance, an allusion to Shakespeare.