With Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee, the Republican National Convention was always going to be interesting, but even comedian Seth Meyers was surprised by the rocky start to the RNC in Cleveland Monday.
On NBC's "Late Night" Tuesday, Meyers broke down the first day of the highly anticipated convention, tearing into the not-so-smoothly run event, including the near delegate revolt that took place, the overt racism of some GOP leaders and the unconventional speakers Trump courted.
"Scott Baio was a surprising choice to speak, especially if you’re old enough to remember, they barely let him talk on ‘Happy Days,'" Meyers joked.
However, the focus of Meyers' ire was the speech given by Trump's wife, model and businesswoman Melania Trump. While Melania Trump's speech was initially well received, it was later revealed to have striking similarities to eventual First Lady Michelle Obama's speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
"Melania did it," Meyers said. "She found something less original than being a model married to an old millionaire."
The Trump campaign has denied that their speech writers lifted any passages directly from Obama's speech, claiming the similarities are a result of the widely held values and beliefs shared in the speech, but to many it was an obvious case of plagiarism. Meyers called out Donald Trump for plagiarism, citing the candidate's criticism of Joe Biden back in August for having plagiarized a speech earlier in his career.
"I haven't been involved in plagiarism," Trump said at the time.
"I haven’t been involved in plagiarism, but just give me a few months, I’ll be great at it. I’ll be the best at plagiarism," Meyers said, doing his best Trump impression.
The comedian said that the controversy points to a broader problem with Trump as a candidate for president.
“Look, the plagiarism itself isn’t the big issue, the real issue here is that Trump claims to be a great president because he’s a great manager because he hires the best people," Meyers said. "A dumb mistake like a plagiarized speech at a convention undercuts that. I mean, after all, Trump has assured us: ‘I know words, I have the best words.’ It’s true. He has the best words and now we know where he gets them from."