Donald Trump Jr. Delivers Recycled Speech Line at RNC

Trump Jr.'s speechwriter defends the lines on Twitter.

That Soviet-department-store comparison closely matched one from George Mason University law professor Frank Buckley. Both Buckley and the Trump campaign told ABC that Buckley worked as a writer on Trump’s address.

“What should be an elevator to the upper class is stalled on the ground floor,” Buckley wrote in his 2016 book, “The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America.”

“…Our schools and universities are like the old Soviet department stores whose mission was to serve the interest of sales clerks and not the customers.”

“I was one of the principal speechwriters. It’s no problem,” Buckley told ABC News, reached via phone Tuesday night.

Earlier, he tweeted that Trump had not stolen it.

Trump’s speech is not the only other place Buckley has used the line. In a 2016 article for The American Conservative, Buckley referenced the education arguments in his book and used a passage of it as text of the article, reproduced nearly verbatim, including the line in question.