Conspiracy theorists claim first lady Melania Trump has been using a body double
Internet conspiracy theorists are beside themselves amid claims that first lady Melania Trump has a body double.
The only "evidence" of this theory is footage taken of Trump standing next to her husband, President Donald Trump, as he gave remarks regarding the Iran nuclear deal and hurricane relief for Puerto Rico Friday.
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In the short clip, the president calls out Melania Trump during a press conference, a move conspiracy theorists on Twitter claim to be an effort to cover up his wife's alleged absence.
"My wife, Melania, who happens to be right here," the president said.
"We've done a great job in Puerto Rico," President Trump says of hurricane relief efforts https://t.co/76jXCrGqVV
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 13, 2017
Some commented that the differences lie in the first lady's details: the sunglasses, her coat and the shape of her nose.
@rhyse Is it me or does Melania appear to be a man in drag here with a wig and large sunglasses on. Can only assume she left trump weeks ago and he hasn’t yet found a way of saying he’s done a great job on the divorce ...I have the best divorce lawyers THE BEST .
— Rhydian Williams (@Rhyddler) October 14, 2017
Melania doesn’t look like herself here...
— Equilibrium (@Iustitia_Omnib) October 17, 2017
I’m not one for conspiracies but that’s not Malania.....
— 🎃Jack-o-lantern🎃 (@YourFavArkie) October 16, 2017
But it wouldn't be the first time a woman in the political sphere faced accusations of using body doubles.
During the presidential election last year, then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton began trending online with hashtags such as #bodydouble or #hillarysbodydouble.
Conspiracy theorists fingered Teresa Barnwell, a comedian who professionally impersonates Hillary Clinton, as the former Secretary of State's stand-in at 9/11 memorial event.
— 🏹🥇Monica J 🏆🎯 (@jasuja) September 12, 2016
And still, a year after the Clinton body double claims were denounced as false, Melania Trump is now facing her own side-by-side image comparisons by social media.
Playing Devil's Advocate. I just made this side-by-side. It's most likely her. pic.twitter.com/lU58zwQEhq
— benjamin bannister (@mrbenbannister) October 18, 2017
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