Sara Jerde

Sara Jerde is a newswriter based in New York. Her bylines have appeared in The Star-Ledger, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Columbus Dispatch. She graduated from Ohio University. Send emails to and follow her @SaraJerde.

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A prominent Republican speechwriter didn't lift language from an address Michelle Obama gave in 2008 for a draft of a speech he was commissioned to write for Donald Trump's wife, Melania, according to the copy of the draft NBC News obtained.

A "senior Trump aide" told the network that an early draft Matthew Scully, who worked for former President George W. Bush, submitted to the campaign wasn't part of the final product.

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