By now, we all have seen and heard Melania Trump’s speech that she gave at the RNC. We are also all aware that this speech was plagiarized directly from a speech Michelle Obama gave during a 2008 speech in support of her husband.

Melania who initially claimed wrote the speech with as little help as possible, actually had the speech written for her by a staffer named Meredith McIver. She is a ghost writer for Trump, and according to her, a long time friend of the Trump family.

McIver has taken full responsibility for the speech, and even offered an explanation to the public.

“In working with Melania Trump on her recent First Lady speech, we discussed many people who inspired her and messages she wanted to share with the American people. A person she has always liked is Michelle Obama. Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama’s speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech. I did not check Mrs. Obama’s speeches. This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant.”

If only this defense worked so well for students expelled from colleges for plagiarization.

It’s been announced that McIver will not receive any punishment for this, and when she offered her resignation, the Trump campaign rejected it.

But as the lies unravel, one interesting tidbit was discovered by WKYC in Cleveland. As it turns out, McIver is a registered Democrat.

“TEGNA investigative reporter Brendan Keefe has learned Meredith McIver is shown as a registered Democrat in Lexis/Nexis, a database of information regularly used by journalists, lawyers and government officials. McIver is an in-house staff writer for the Trump Organization who also has ghostwritten multiple books written by Donald Trump. She has been a registered Democrat since 1996, according to the database.”

So here we have a Democrat, plagiarizing speeches from another Democrat, for a woman married to a Democratic donor running for President as a Republican.

You can’t see it, but I’m slow clapping.