CNN’s David Gregory: Trump Campaign Continues Its “Pattern” Of “Denying The Obvious Or Lying” In Its Response To Melania Trump's Plagiarized Speech

Alisyn Camerota: “This Isn’t The First Time We’ve Seen This. This Has Happened Throughout The Campaign.”

From the July 19 edition of CNN's New Day:

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DAVID GREGORY: So the pattern here is that the Trump folks are denying the obvious or lying about the obvious even if it's not something that would ultimately be that consequential. This has now taken night one, and everyone is talking about it and everybody is reading about a huge example of campaign malpractice in an otherwise good speech using, yes, common language. Now you've got Governor Chris Christie in a position where he's saying, “Well 93 percent of the speech was actually her own words.” I mean, it's kind of absurd. And I keep saying, this is an area they can control. This is their convention. It's their message. She is a star of this campaign team as a potential first lady.

MARK PRESTON: Unforced error, right? An absolutely unforced error. And this is where the cover-up is actually worse than the crime because, in many ways, what she did last night when she delivered that speech by plagiarizing, she plagiarized feelings. She didn't plagiarize facts, right? So it's not like she went out there and stole facts and used them to portray herself as somebody who is a loving mother and a loving spouse. But what we saw here was denial, denial, denial. And we saw this as 1:00 a.m. last night when the first statement came out a little after 1:00, where they denied it. We saw this morning a couple of hours later where, I mean, they looked at you incredulously. Paul Manafort said, what are you talking about? 

ALISYN CAMEROTA (CO-HOST): But this isn't the first time we've seen this. This has happened throughout the campaign. We would have video of there being violence at a Donald Trump rally and Donald Trump would get up there and say, there's no violence whatsoever at my rallies. People would say you mocked a disabled reporter. He would say, I never mocked a disabled reporter, though we had video of it. This is what they've been doing. 


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