Does being in love with The Donald mean never having to say you're sorry?

Melania Trump might soon find out, after giving a speech -- the first time most Americans ever heard her talk -- in which she is now accused of having plagiarized lines from Michelle Obama's speech at the 2008 Democratic convention.

If this election has proved one thing though, it's that the regular rules don't apply. So to help out, we've compiled nine great apologies -- most from fairly recent history.



How many do you remember, and which one would you most like to see her, ahem, borrow from? Let us know in the comments below!

See if you can guess who each of these came from (answers listed at the bottom):

1. "I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. ... I convinced myself that normal rules didn't apply... I ask you to one day find room in your heart to believe in me again."

2. "I'm not at all defending my choice of words but I am happy to be the poster boy for thinking about what you say and how those words, even if you don't intend them and how they mean, they are rooted in hate, and that's bulls--t. I shouldn't have said that."

3. "I'm deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I've caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most."

4. "I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to [Maria], my children, and my family. I am truly sorry."

5. "I do, I offer a complete and utter retraction. The imputation was totally without basis in fact, and was in no way fair comment, and was motivated purely by malice, and I deeply regret any distress that my comments may have caused you, or your family, and I hereby undertake not to repeat any such slander at any time in the future."

6. "I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said. It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse."

7. "Mistakes were made."

8. "The main reason I'm here today, it's important that I tell you and everyone out there how I live my life. I believe that every one of God's creatures was created equal, no matter what church you go to pray. I believe that everyone should be treated equal, and that's the way I was raised."

9. "I view this situation as one big lie I repeated a lot of times. I made those decisions, they were my mistake and I'm here to say sorry."















Here's who said them, and why:

  1. Tiger Woods: affair
  2. Jonah Hill: using slur for gay people
  3. Kristen Stewart: affair
  4. Arnold Schwarzenegger: affair
  5. John Cleese: as Archie, in A Fish Called Wanda, fictional
  6. Reese Witherspoon: arrest
  7. Classic Washington apology: repeated many times.
  8. Paula Deen: using racist language
  9. Lance Armstrong: using performance enhancing drugs and lying

​Note: I really wanted to include Bill Clinton's 1998 apology for having an affair with Monica Lewinsky and lying about it. However, his language was very specific, and it would be really hard to use the exact same words to apologize for something else.

Published on: Jul 19, 2016
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