The country’s obsession over Melania Trump’s Republican National Convention speech shows no sign of slowing down. Amid allegations that Mrs. Trump plagiarized parts of First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech on Monday night, Melania continues to be the butt of jokes and memes.
Stephen Colbert is right on top of the situation as he capitalized on the controversy by having Broadway star Laura Benanti appear on the show to portray the potential First Lady, Entertainment Tonight reports.
There’s a precedent for Benanti’s appearance on Tuesday’s episode of The Late Show. Back in May, Benanti appeared on the show and told Colbert that she’s a dead ringer for Melania Trump. While Laura did admit that she never heard Mrs. Trump speak at the time, she acknowledged — with a hint of hesitation — that the prospect of a Trump presidency might prove beneficial to her career.
When Colbert asked Benanti if she wanted Trump to become president, she said, “yeah, not necessarily,” before mouthing the word “no” to the audience.
Colbert then brought out a photo of Melania and one of Laura to show the audience the striking resemblance between the two.
“I’m going to have a second career as an impersonator,” Benanti joked.
“But my favorite thing that she does is occasionally, when he’s [Donald Trump] talking, she’ll be behind him, and she will look directly into the camera like…,” Benanti added while mimicking Melania’s intense female expression. “And I feel like she’s sending me a message or something. Blink once if you’re fine. Blink twice if you’re like, get me the hell out of here. Blink three times just to show us you can blink.”
Little did anyone expect that the opportunity to play Melania Trump would come so soon for Laura.
After Colbert’s introduction, Laura, clad in a white dress, walked into the podium looking and sounding remarkably like Donald Trump’s wife.
Asked if the speech she was about to deliver was written by the same writing staff that wrote her RNC speech, the fake Melania replied, “Yes, I wrote it.
The Supergirl actress opened her speech with the famous opening line of Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities, “This is truly the best of times. It is the worst of times.”
“I did not plagiarize my speech last night. I would never do such a thing,” Benanti continued, perfectly mimicking Melania’s facial expressions, body language, and accent. “I could not, would not with a goat. I would not, could not on a boat. That is because I learned honesty during my humble upbringing in West Philadelphia, born and raised, and on the playground is where I spent most of my days.”
From that point on, Benanti quoted a plethora of iconic lines, such as the famous Kit Kat bar jingle, the legendary Network quote, “I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore!” and the legendary Braveheart line, “They may take our lives but they will never take our freedom!”
“Oh, and one more thing. Live from New York, it’s Saturday night –” Benanti said before Colbert cut her off and proceeded with the rest of the show.
A number of people are also seeing in Melania Trump's lines a reference to Astley's song "Never Gonna Give You Up." https://t.co/gsrtTEqKjH— GMA News (@gmanews) July 20, 2016
Following Melania Trump’s infamous speech on Monday night, the Trump campaign team denied allegations of plagiarism, saying that Donald’s third wife were using “common words and values that she cares about.”
“There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These were common words and values that she cares about, her family, things like that,” campaign chairman Paul Manafort told CNN. “She was speaking in front of 35 million people, she knew that, to think that she would be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy.”
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