Donald Trumpâ€™s campaign manager has blamed Hillary Clinton for the backlash to Melania Trumpâ€™s convention speech, which had strong similarities with Michelle Obamaâ€™s convention address 8 years ago.
In interviews and at a press conference today, Paul Manafort, Donald Trumpâ€™s campaign manager defended Melania Trump and accused Clinton of making it an issue.
â€œThereâ€™s a political tint to this whole issue,â€Â Manafort said. â€œWeâ€™ve noted that the Clinton camp was the first to get it out there and trying to say that there was something untoward about the speech that Melania Trump gave. Itâ€™s just another example, as far as weâ€™re concerned, that when Hillary Clinton is threatened by a female, the first thing she does is try to destroy the person.â€
He also made the same argument while speaking to CNN. â€œThis is once again an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down,â€Â he said, adding that the speech included common words and values and dismissed accusations of plagiarism as â€œjust really absurd.â€
â€œWe donâ€™t believe thereâ€™s anything in that speech that doesnâ€™t reflect her thinking. Weâ€™re comfortable that the words that she used are words that are personal to herâ€