Melania Trump's Statement on Capitol Riots Contains Lines She Used in Unrelated Speech

First Lady Melania Trump issued a statement Monday on the deadly riot at the U.S Capitol last week. It contains several lines she used in a previous, unrelated speech.

While her statement focuses on the riot, some of the sentences can also be found in a speech she delivered at the Republican National Convention in August.

"As your First Lady, it has been inspiring to witness firsthand what the people of our great Nation will do for one another, especially when we are at our most vulnerable," she wrote early on in Monday's statement.

Similarly, during her speech in August, she said, "It has been inspiring to see what the people of our great nation will do for one another, especially when we are at our most fragile."

In another part of her statement Monday, she spoke about Americans being passionate about voting in the election and said, "The common thread in all of these challenging situations is American's unwavering resolve to help one another. Your compassion has shown the true spirit of our country."

While speaking at the RNC in August, she touched on the ongoing COVID pandemic, as well as many natural disasters, and said, "The common thread in all of these challenging situations is the resolve to help one another."

In August, the nation was faced with racial injustice issues, following the death of several Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement. These issues prompted many protests across the country.

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Melania Trump's statement Monday on the Capitol riot contains lines she used in a an unrelated speech in August. Here she accompanies President Donald Trump on the White House grounds on December 31, 2020. Tasos Katopodis/Getty

During the August speech, she said, "Like all of you, I have reflected on the racial unrest in our country. It is a harsh reality that we are not proud of parts of our history. I encourage people to focus on our future while still learning from our past."

"With that in mind, I would like to call on the citizens of this country to take a moment, pause, and look at things from all perspectives," she continued during the speech. "I also ask people to stop the violence and looting being done in the name of justice. And never make assumptions based on the color of a person's skin. Instead of tearing things down, let's reflect on our mistakes."

In her statement issued on Monday, she condemned the violence at the riot, and once again echoed the comments she made during her RNC Speech, saying, "I would like to call on the citizens of this country to take a moment, pause, and look at things from all perspectives."

Her statement continued, "I implore people to stop the violence, never make assumptions based on the color of a person's skin or use differing political ideologies as a basis for aggression and viciousness. We must listen to one another, focus on what unites us, and rise above what divides us."

This is not the first time Trump has used lines from a previous speech. In 2016, her speechwriter took responsibility for using elements of former first lady Michelle Obama's 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.