Melania Trump made herself the perfect subject to lampoon on Monday night when she read a speech that was partly plagiarized from a speech delivered by Michelle Obama in 2008.
And Tony award-winning actress Laura Benanti nailed her turn as the third wife of the Republican nominee during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night.
Colbert addressed the controversy at the beginning of the show, claiming that he believes Melania isn’t at fault for the plagiarism and noted curiously that no one has lost their job yet.
“If only there were someone in the Trump campaign who enjoyed firing people,” Colbert quipped before he introduced “Melania Trump” so that she could defend the speech she obviously plagiarized.
Benanti appeared in a white dress and threw down a pitch-perfect accent in her portrayal of Mrs. Trump attempting to defend her Republican National Convention speech. As she did so, she used lines from television shows, commercials, and movies such as The Lion King, Braveheart, Kit Kat, and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
“My fellow Americans,” the former model began before halting to briefly pose for pictures.
This is truly the best of times, it is the worst of times. I did not plagiarize my speech last night. I would never do such a thing. I could not, would not with a goat. I would not, could not on a boat. That is because I learned honesty during my humble upbringing in West Philadelphia, born and raised, and on the playground is where I spent most of my days. So to those who say I stole my speech, I say gimme a break, gimme a break, break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar. They may be able to take our lives, but they will never be able to take our freedom. I am mad as hell and I am not going take it anymore. You’ve got to fight for your right to party. Boom goes the dynamite! Hakuna Matata! I’m lovin’ it. Oh, and one more thing: Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!
Here’s the video via YouTube.
Donald Trump and his campaign would definitely have been better off just admitting that the speech was plagiarized and apologizing because denying it has only made things worse, and the mockery even more hilarious.
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