While the Trump campaign quickly quashed the revolt, it sheds light on simmering tensions within the party. At one point, campaign co-chairman Paul Manafort blamed Hillary Clinton for the controversy, though he offered no coherent theory on how she could have orchestrated it.
Republican strategist Sean Spicer even invoked My Little Pony in an interview with CNN - citing similarities between the words of Twilight Sparkle (a purple unicorn from the children's franchise) and Mrs Trump's speech to show that the lines were "common phrases". But she said the presidential contender rejected her offer.
The passages in question came near the beginning of Melania Trump's almost 15-minute speech. "This was my mistake, and I feel bad for the chaos I have caused", she said in a statement released by the Trump campaign.
Eight years ago, Mrs. Obama said: "And Barack and I were raised with so numerous same values: like, you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond, that you do what you say you're going to do, that you treat people with dignity and respect".
Michelle Obama, a Harvard-educated lawyer, has high approval ratings across the country and in Melania's home city has been embraced in NY fashion circles for her sense of style and elegance.
"I did not check Mrs Obama's speeches".
Only, if this speech got "more publicity than any in the history of politics", where does that leave achievements like George Washington's farewell address, Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, John Fitzgerald Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" remarks, not to mention Mahatma Gandhi's "Quit India" address, or Nelson Mandela's "An ideal I am prepared to die for"? No harm was meant.
Before that, she worked on Wall Street, according to the profile. She is originally from San Jose, California.
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".
The Trump campaign's reaction to the incident went from sheer denial to something more curious, if at least more believable.
"I apologize for the confusion and hysteria my mistake has caused", McIver said.