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Donald Trump Jr.'s Speechwriter Defends Recycling Lines for RNC

Buckley, who helped write Trump Jr.'s speech, quickly sought to stop any claims of plagiarism, tweeting, "Except it wasn't stealing..."

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    Donald Trump, Jr., son of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, lifts his fist after speaking during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Tuesday, July 19, 2016.

    A part of Donald Trump Jr.'s speech during the Republican National Convention was a near-exact repetition of a small part of an American Conservative article written by F.H. Buckley, titled "Trump vs. the New Class," NBC News reported.

    "Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class. Now they're stalled on the ground floor. They're like Soviet-Era Department stores that are run for the benefit of the clerks and not the customers," Trump's son said in his speech Tuesday night.

    The line in Buckley's article reads, "Our schools and universities are like the old Soviet department stores whose mission was to serve the interests of the sales clerks and not the customers."

    Buckley, who helped write Trump Jr.'s speech, quickly sought to stop any claims of plagiarism, tweeting, "Except it wasn't stealing..."

    This latest distraction comes after Melania Trump delivered a speech on Monday, which appeared to be plagiarized from Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic convention speech.