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Did Melania Trump include a Rickroll in the middle of her convention speech?

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Dylan Matthews is a senior correspondent and head writer for Vox's Future Perfect section and has worked at Vox since 2014. He is particularly interested in global health and pandemic prevention, anti-poverty efforts, economic policy and theory, and conflicts about the right way to do philanthropy.

At first glance, Melania Trump’s Republican convention speech on Monday was a pretty ordinary candidate’s spouse address, but subsequent readings suggest a whole lot went awry here.

For one thing, she or her speechwriter appears to have cribbed a whole paragraph from Michelle Obama’s Democratic convention speech from 2008. For another, she and/or her speechwriter included a full-on Rickroll:

Really. Watch it here:

Sure, Melania did not follow up with "he will never run around or desert you," but if the allusion to Rick Astley’s classic "Never Gonna Give You Up" was accidental, that’s one hell of a coincidence.


Watch: Did Melania Trump plagiarize Michelle Obama?

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