In the last three days, memes have been going viral on social media claiming that Trump plagiarised sections of his speech. But this time, social media got it mostly wrong.
Did Trump himself write his speech? The answer is no. President Trump's address was penned by two of his closest aides, his chief strategist Steve Bannon, and senior advisor Stephen Miller, a White House official told The Wall Street Journal.
So did Trump lift lines from a bunch of Hollywood movies? Let's put the three biggest claims to the test.
CLAIM: Trump plagiarised this quote from the 2007 animated family comedy Bee Movie.
Hold up....AINT NO DAMN WAY he stole that from the bee movie son pic.twitter.com/TLZBhkHfiD
— redrum (@iDntGetCurved_) January 21, 2017
VERDICT: False. The quote attributed to Barry B. Benson wasn't in the Bee Movie.
CLAIM: Trump stole these lines from the character Colonel Miles Quaritch in the 2009 science fiction film Avatar.
— Ian Gillespie (@IanRGillespie) January 21, 2017
VERDICT: False again. There is no record of such a quote from Colonel Miles Quaritch in the Avatar script.
CLAIM: Trump copied lines from Batman supervillain Bane's speech in the 2012 action blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises.
VERDICT: Somewhat true and more of a case of semantics. Some say it's probably a "vague coincidence".
Talking about the transfer of power, Trump promised to take America back from the elites and give it to "the people." Similarly Bane, referring to the fictional city of Gotham, says he is taking it back from "the corrupt, the rich...oppressors" and handing it to "the people."
Today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another -- but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.
- President Donald Trump during his inauguration speech
We take Gotham from the corrupt. The rich. The oppressors of generations who've kept you down with the myth of opportunity. And we give it to you, the people. Gotham is yours...
- Bane in The Dark Knight Rises
Video mash-ups showing the similarities have racked up millions of views online. This is what some had to say on Twitter:
Trump staffers: "Who should we quote during the inauguration speech?"
- "Lincoln, no."
- "The Beatles, naw."
- "Bane?!" pic.twitter.com/pqkHaoSycE
— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) January 20, 2017
— GuillaumeTC (@GuillaumeTC) January 20, 2017
Today Trump quoted Bane saying he's giving power back to the people. Since over 3m more people voted for Hilary, is he making her president?
— John Campea (@johncampea) January 21, 2017
This isn't the first time Trump's campaign has faced plagiarism claims. In Melania Trump's first major political speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention, there were striking similarities between her lines and Michelle Obama's address from the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Author: Mohamed Taha