Y'all need to stop picking on Melania

I may vote for Donald Trump.
Before I explain that startling admission, let me say I planned to swear off politics for awhile. It’s just not worth the hassle. And some of y’all are just plain batcrap crazy and, frankly, some of the things you write when you’re social medializing scare me.
But I feel I must use this precious space today to defend my dear friend Melania Trump.
Before I explain that startling statement, let me say that this may be my last column for awhile. I have, over the past three or four years, worked very hard to get other people to agree to write opinion pieces for us on a monthly basis.
I think the more voices and the more opinions a newspaper has on its opinion pages, the better it serves the community. We have been very fortunate to find a number of good people to offer themselves and their opinions to you for very little pay – that means nothing.
Starting in August, I’ve pretty well worked myself right out of the rotation, but I’ll still be filling in when someone wants to take a week off.
Back to Melania. Donald Trump was 24 years old when Melania was born in 1970 in Slovenia, then part of Yugoslavia. Her father was a communist motorcycle dealer (he was the communist, not the motorcycles). Melania received a degree in design and architecture and embarked on a career as a model (she is just under six feet tall).
She once appeared in a television commercial with the AFLAC duck (The Duck). She married Mr. Trump (The Donald) in 2005 and became a United States citizen in 2006.
She has her own jewelry and skincare line. She is very good looking and seems to me to be a nice, intelligent person.
She did not deserve the criticism and shame that came her way after the world discovered – and the Trump campaign denied – that she had lifted the 2008 words of Michelle Obama’s convention speech and used them as her own.
The New York Times reported the Trump campaign (a meeting of the Trump campaign hierarchy cannot be distinguished from a Trump family reunion) hired two high-powered speechwriters to write Melania’s speech.
She didn’t like what they had written and turned to a friend, a former ballet dancer, to help her write the speech that was delivered in Cleveland.
I can understand that. If My Current Wife is ever nominated to run for President and I have to give a convention speech, I’m asking my friend The Great American (Jimmy Robertson) to help me write it, although I admit he’s never been a ballet dancer.
Chris Christie, henceforth to be known as the guy who lost to both Donald Trump and Mike Pence in the same year, declared that 93% of Melania’s speech was different from Michelle Obama’s speech.
That’s a lot.
Paul Manafort, the only campaign bigwig not related to the candidate, said Melania’s speech contained only 50 “suspicious” words, including the “ands” and “thes”
Mr. Manafort, Gov. Christie and I all think too much is being made about not much. I write for a living. I couldn’t survive without stealing words from others.
I read that one commenter said they didn’t know Michelle Obama had a patent on words. It is hard for the haters to counter that argument, my friends.
In closing, this episode is making me consider voting for The Donald in The November.
If I do, it will be because of how my friend Melania was treated. And it will make one of my grandsons very happy. Honest.

(Larry Franklin is publisher of The Chronicle. His email address is lfranklin@clintonchronicle.com. His blog can be read at MyClintonNews.com.)

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