TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
My name is Meredith McIver and I am the scapegoat for the plagiarism scandal surrounding Melania Trump and her speech on the opening night of the 2016 Republican National Convention.
I know I have severely disappointed all of you. I have made you question who I am and how I have done the things I did. I am embarrassed that I have put you in this position. For all that I have done, I am so sorry. I have a lot to atone for (1).
I do not plan in any way to whitewash my sin. I do not call it a mistake, a mendacity; I call it sin. I would much rather, if possible — and in my estimation it would not be possible — to make it worse than less than it actually is. I have no one but myself to blame. I do not lay the fault or the blame of the charge at anyone else’s feet. For no one is to blame but Meredith McIver. I take the responsibility. I take the blame. I take the fault (2).
I see the anger in people, betrayal, it’s all there. People who believed in me and supported me and they have every right to feel betrayed and it’s my fault and I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to earn back trust and apologize to people (3).
In my business, when you make a writing error, you’re expected to make a writing error, it’s accepted. My error was much more serious. I made an error of judgment (4).
Michelle Obama’s speech was the best of this decade!!!! I’m sorry to the Trumps if I let you guys down!!!! I’m sorry to my friends at Trump Organization. I will apologize to Mrs. Obama 2mrw. Welcome to the real world!!!! Everybody wanna booooo me but I’m a fan of real good speeches!!! No disrespect but we watchin’ the show at the crib right now cause … well you know!!!! I’m still happy for Melania!!!! Boooyaaawwww!!!! You are very very talented!!! That’s what it is!!!!!!! I’m not crazy y’all, i’m just real. Sorry for that!!! I really feel bad for Melania and I’m sincerely sorry!!! Much respect!!!!! (5)
- (Tiger Woods – http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/02/19/tiger.woods.transcript/).
- (Jimmy Swaggart – http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/jswaggartapologysermon.html)
- (Lance Armstrong – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/cycling/lancearmstrong/9810801/Lance-Armstrongs-interview-with-Oprah-Winfrey-the-transcript.html).
- Bernie Madoff – http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2009/06/29/bernie-madoffs-apology.html
- (Kanye West – http://www.mtv.com/news/1621410/kanye-west-apologizes-to-taylor-swift-for-vma-rant/