From Dr. Seuss to "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and the Hershey Company, Benanti's denial of plagiarism was one long string of plagiarized phrases.
Other late-night comedy shows piled on, too.
"The big star of the convention last night, as you may know, was Melania Trump — she gave the speech of Michelle Obama's life," Jimmy Kimmel quipped on ABC.
Kimmel went on to say he could empathize with Trump because he, too, has been accused of plagiarism — the material in question being Mike Tyson's memorable "eat his children" post-fight interview in 2000.
On NBC, Seth Meyers cracked that Trump "found something less original than being a model married to an old billionaire." But he saved his sharpest jabs for Republican excuse-makers who claimed Donald Trump's wife — or whoever wrote her speech — wasn't actually guilty of plagiarism at all, despite the glaring similarities. Meyers played a clip from an interview in which Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer said one of the phrases used by both Trump and Obama is so common that it arguably could have been ripped off from the Twilight Sparkle character on "My Little Pony."
"You know, I'm willing to bet even Twilight Sparkle would say that explanation is a steaming pile of 'My Little Pony' crap," Meyers said.
Comedy Central's Trevor Noah struck a more serious note, calling Melania Trump's speech "kind and hopeful."
"It's almost audacious how hopeful it was," he said. (Get it? "The Audacity of Hope" was President Obama's 2008 bestseller.) "So what if it was taken from Michelle Obama? You know what? If that's what it takes to bring America together, in terms of a positive message, then take everything. Go ahead. Do everything Michelle does. Do jumping jacks and eat your kale while you're giving the speech. I don't care. In fact, I don't know why everyone is going after Melania for plagiarizing. We should be encouraging her. Because if she feels comfortable stealing Michelle's speeches, and we make it normal, maybe Donald Trump will feel okay stealing Obama's policies, and then the country won't be such a dangerous place."
A more sweeping comment from Noah is worth noting, too: "This is Donald Trump's style. What he does is he always makes sure that he gives us so much fun crazy to talk about that we miss the dangerous crazy."
Trump supporters don't think the business mogul is "dangerous crazy," of course, but most observers of the 2016 presidential race would probably concur with Noah's overarching observation that Trump — a master showman — is very good at getting voters and the media to fixate on his latest attention-grabbing move.
Good news is Melania's speech got more publicity than any in the history of politics especially if you believe that all press is good press!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2016
As Melania Trump's plagiarized speech dominated coverage of day two of the GOP convention (with occasional breaks to discuss Donald Trump's wrestler-esque entrance and some delegate drama), there was little time to debate the nominee's vision for the country.