Let's go out on a limb here and assume that after thirty-six hours of furious and incoherent denial the Trump campaign's new story is gospel. If it is, it actually hurts Mrs. T much more than it helps.
Around noon today Meredith McIver, a former ballet performer and English major--no kidding, that's what the Times says--who'd helped ghost some of Trump's own work released a statement purporting to take full responsibility for the colossal gaffe.
But the statement doesn't really help. Quite the opposite.
Earlier reports indicated that Melania Trump was dissatisfied with the professionally written speech Donald's son-in-law had commissioned. So she called her old friend McIver. According to McIver, she confided how taken she was with Michelle Obama's acceptance speech and read her favorite passages aloud, which McIver faithfully transcribed. She was shocked--shocked--when she realized that Michelle's words had somehow found themselves in the speech she wrote.
Again, let's assume that this is true. Or most of it, anyway.
Mrs. T obviously didn't remember Michele Obama's exact words from eight years prior. So she Googled the speech, or had someone else do it, and read what she wanted to McIver. McIver was clearly reading her notes when she wrote the lifted words into the speech.
Bear in mind that all this happened within the last month, and this speech was an enormous deal. That being so, is it at all credible that McIver, reading from her notes, would have forgotten where the words came from when she wrote the speech? Is it credible that Melania would have forgotten where they came from when she read the speech before its delivery--which, by the way, she said she only did once because she'd written it herself.
We're left with only two conclusions: one is that is that both Trump and McIver are enormously, tragically impaired; the other, that they knew exactly what they were doing.