RNC official accuses Clinton of plagiarism
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The chief strategist of the Republican National Committee (RNC) accused Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBlumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column Hillary Clinton touts student suspended over crowded hallway photo: 'John Lewis would be proud' MORE of plagiarism in her speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination.

Spicer’s tweet references a portion of Clinton’s Thursday night address where she seemingly paraphrased Alexis de Tocqueville, the political scientist who wrote “Democracy in America.”

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“But here’s the sad truth: There is no other Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE — this is it,” Clinton said in Philadelphia. "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.”

“America is great because she is good” is often quoted from de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America.” According to an analysis from The Weekly Standard, however, the passage does not actually appear in de Tocqueville’s work.

Donald Trump Jr. on Thursday accused President Obama of copying him during a speech the night before.

Obama on late Wednesday used the phrase “that’s not the America I know” while addressing the Democratic National Convention after Donald Trump Jr. used it the week prior at the Republican convention.

The plagiarism fight began when Melania Trump, Donald Trump’s wife, was accused of borrowing heavily from a 2008 speech by first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Michelle Obama and Melinda Gates warn girls' education at risk due to pandemic Michelle Obama on depression: 'I'm doing just fine' MORE during her address in Cleveland.