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Claim: Trump plagiarized his inaugural address from the 'Bee Movie' script
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“You know your country is in trouble when your president steals his inauguration speech from bee movie,”a meme Antwan Morrison posted on Facebook on Aug. 31.
The meme shows side-by-side excerpts of what it claims to be the "Bee Movie" script and Trump’s 2017 inaugural address.
“We are one nation — and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny,” states the excerpt under Trump’s photo.
In the meme's corresponding passage under "Bee Movie," character Barry B. Benson mirrors those words almost exactly, replacing “nation” with “colony.”
"," follows Benson’s lawsuit against humans for eating honey. The script from the animated family comedy is far from presidential.
Morrison did not respond USA TODAY's request for comment.
Quote is not from 'Bee Movie' script
The White House’s inaugural address transcriptTrump did the words quoted in the meme, but he did not plagiarize it from "Bee Movie." The excerpt quoted in the meme is not part of the film's script that is publicly available .
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An old, yet persistent, joke
This meme has made its rounds on the internet,hundreds of times across social media platforms since Trump’s inauguration day on Jan. 20, 2017. Similar claims purporting that Trump plagiarized his speech from " " and " " began circulating at the same time.
The joke emerged nearly a year after first lady Melania Trumpfrom Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech.
Despite- to debunk the "Bee Movie" hoax, nearly four years later the image continues to circulate online and entertain Trump’s critics.
Our ruling: False
President Donald Trump did not plagiarize the "Bee Movie" script in his inaugural address. The long-lived meme that claims he did correctly quotes the inaugural address and fabricates a quote from the film to match it. We rate the claim FALSE.
Our fact-check sources:
- YouTube, Butter box, Jan. 14, 2017,
- YouTube, laboiteafilms, May 22, 2007,
- New York Magazine, Nov. 2, 2017,
- IMDB, 2007,
- The White House, Jan. 20, 2017,
- YouTube, C-SPAN, Jan. 20, 2017,
- BuzzFeed News, Jan. 21, 2017,
- Jacksonville.com, Jan. 28, 2017,
- Jezebel, Jan. 20, 2017,
- USA TODAY, Jul. 19, 2016,
- Snopes, Jan. 21, 2017,
- Check Your Fact, Sep. 3,
- Reuters, Sept. 8,
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