Referencing Whitney Houston's version of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You", Kimmel said, "Melania did not plagiarize Michelle's speech. she covered it".
For two days, the Trump campaign belittled complaints that Melania Trump had plagiarized portions of Michelle Obama's address in her Monday night speech to the Republican National Convention about her husband of 11 years.
But why did Trump then force McIver to issue a statement under her own name and take the fall for the whole kerfuffle instead of issuing the apology himself?
McIver says she offered her resignation, but Donald Trump rejected it.
McIver said that as she set out to write Melania Trump's speech, the would-be first lady read her some passages from Michelle Obama's speech to her over the phone. But McIver wrote the phrasing down in a draft that ultimately made its way into the final speech Melania delivered on Monday night. This was my mistake, and I feel bad for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant.
Charles Moran, a Republican political strategist and the Immediate Past Chairman of the California Log Cabin Republicans, an organization representing gay conservatives and their allies; he is a Trump delegate for California's 44th district which includes South Los Angeles.
He continued to say that while he did not see the McIver's letter, he personally knows her and contended that she is "a very honorable person".
"I asked to put out this statement because I did not like seeing the way this was distracting from Mr. Trump's historic campaign for president and Melania's attractive message and presentation", McIver said.
Accusations of plagiarism plagued the Trump campaign from the moment news of the similarities emerged.
I asked to put out this statement because I did not like seeing the way this was distracting from Mr. Trump's historic campaign for president and Melania's handsome message and presentation.
I apologize for the confusion and hysteria my mistake has caused. One referred to what Mrs. Trump called values impressed upon her by her parents. The second passage dealt with conveying to children that there is no limit to what they can achieve. Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign chairman, told CNN "there is no cribbing of Michelle Obama's speech" and that "to think that she was cribbing Michelle Obama's words is insane".