Those conspiracy theorists sure do love to spin a tall tale. Recent footage of Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had keen proponents of the #FakeMelania conspiracy back at work, with the hashtag even reaching trending status. According to the theory, there’s a Melania body double, who makes various appearances with POTUS.
The latest footage had Twitter users posing all sorts of reasons for the theory, such as her stance, walking in front of (rather than behind) the President, and the bend of her arm. The inciting footage doesn’t look too damning to us – we’ve heard of something called angles, after all:
President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump land in West Palm Beach, Florida. pic.twitter.com/eVFaw4wgvg
— The Hill (@thehill) March 8, 2019
Plus, later the same day she can be seen looking pretty authentically like the Melania we know and… well, the Melania we know:
Theorists claim Melania’s security guard, who is also a model-like brunette, has been standing in for FLOTUS, albeit with sunglasses kept firmly in place:
— Liza Sabater 🇵🇷👸🏾🌹 (@blogdiva) March 9, 2019
This isn’t the first time the somewhat dubious conspiracy theory has reared its head. Back in October 2017, people began exploring the possibility that there was a decoy FLOTUS on the loose. That rumour was pretty thoroughly debunked, though, so we won’t pay it much mind.
It did however come back with a vengeance in July 2018, when, also stepping off a plane, she looked somewhat windswept. Did anyone suppose maybe that’s just what she looks like with the bangs swept away from her face?
Fake Melania is back y’all pic.twitter.com/EuaTpPkjPN
— James St. James (@JSJdarling) July 10, 2018
I swear that this looks like fake Melania. pic.twitter.com/nudfbyqMrJ
— Nurse Ratchett (@mycrankyboosez) July 11, 2018
The latest round of discussion has seriously gotten people’s imaginations going:
I am not one to believe in conspiracy theories, but holy shit. There is no way in hell that was Melania Trump. The mouth is different, the walk is different–not as stiff. That is weird. #FakeMelania
— Susan Petrone (@SusanPetrone) March 11, 2019
Have you noticed #FakeMelania never smiles and always wears big sunglasses? You can hide the eyes but a body double can’t fake the smile or teeth.
— deb jansen (@paintmarker) March 11, 2019
The center of her upper lip differs from the other. Fake melania has a point in the middle of her upper lip. real melania has a mild curve.. not the same lips, differently shaped cupids bow = not the same woman. #fakemelania is, ironically -a real fake. pic.twitter.com/GfQzgqbepo
— Stacie Milmeister (@_Milmeister) March 11, 2019
Fully 100% down with #FakeMelania And I honestly don’t blame her in the slightest. I wouldn’t want to spend time with him either.
— Helen Curl (@helencurl) March 11, 2019
Some people ask what twitter is for and then you get a hashtag like #FakeMelania and your Sunday morning has disappeared
— Lee J (@twittowoo) March 10, 2019
In an age of rampant fake news, it pays to be especially mindful of your sources, and with a rumour so compellingly outside of the realm of normality, it’s easy to fall down an endless rabbit hole of clicks and wild confabulations.
— Token_BK (@TokenBK1) March 9, 2019
Besides, if there is a fake Melania, as one savvy user pointed out, she may have been hiding in plain sight at Trump’s inauguration:
— Scott Williams (@jswilliams1962) March 9, 2019