It's well-documented that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump aren't as publicly affectionate as their predecessors.
A 2017 conspiracy theory that Melania Trump employs a stand-in was resurrected online again today, spurring from a photograph of the President holding hands with the First Lady while the two visited the graves of those who perished in the recent tornadoes that plagued Eastern Alabama.
Possibly due to odd lighting or changes in makeup, the First Lady, well, she doesn't look like herself.
The recasting of Melania is the worst I've seen since they recast Aunt Viv in Fresh Prince #fakemelania https://t.co/HDIMi7FDAh— James Corscadden (@James Corscadden) 1552123456.0
The same phenomenon occurred when the couple arrived in West Palm Beach later that day.
President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump land in West Palm Beach, Florida. https://t.co/eVFaw4wgvg— The Hill (@The Hill) 1552082249.0
Some seemed genuinely convinced—or found it disturbingly plausible—that the First Lady was actually a stand-in, whom they quickly dubbed Fake Melania.
@thehill Oh come on. That is so plainly not Melania.— Alexander Brown (@Alexander Brown) 1552169191.0
Me falling deeper and deeper into this #FakeMelania conspiracy https://t.co/eWQsY1vE2R— Skamikaze (@Skamikaze) 1552149757.0
I previously thought the #fakeMelania thing was bullshit but I actually don't think that's her. lol https://t.co/KQNekZy0pi— D//Botterz (@D//Botterz) 1552083867.0
Some noted a resemblance between the First Lady and her secret service agent.
And another shot of the agent. She’s wearing heels too but is shorter than Melania, as others have pointed out in… https://t.co/S1NR3eOagx— Schadenfreude Sally (@Schadenfreude Sally) 1552136069.0
Left side is #FakeMelania with Trump in Alabama; right side is Melania’s secret service agent. Hmmmmm https://t.co/KQByeKygZd— Maddie Max (@Maddie Max) 1552166852.0
But others had a different reaction.
It wasn't long before people were having fun.
Seems legit. #FakeMelania https://t.co/hRMOuMX3MV— HeppCat (@HeppCat) 1552145977.0
@thehill More turnover in the White House.— Judy OConnor (@Judy OConnor) 1552158539.0
If you’re out here tweeting #FakeMelania but let Aunt Viv slide, you’re what’s wrong with this world. #FakeAuntViv https://t.co/35GdJeLtl3— Justin Wood (@Justin Wood) 1552159241.0
It looks even better than the original .... #FakeMelania https://t.co/6oDXtqhj17— Wartime Consigliere (@Wartime Consigliere) 1552148224.0
thought #FakeMelania seemed familair https://t.co/k5rtV0FiJA— Dan Stevens (@Dan Stevens) 1552178085.0
While the coincidences may be interesting, the existence of "Fake Melania" is just as ridiculous as other similar accusations for notable political figures.
Interesting #ClintonCollapse #ClintonBodyDouble #DNCleak https://t.co/qBRRBgWfOs— F G (@F G) 1473888627.0
#ClintonBodyDouble RT @pink_lady56: #HillarysHealth If this is the #RealHill Where's the secret service? https://t.co/BB4KYN0MtC— Chuck Mercer (@Chuck Mercer) 1473643903.0
There is something fishy here. #ZombieHillary #HillarysHealth #ClintonCollapse #ClintonBodyDouble https://t.co/3SPkYSgha1— Deplorable FOR TRUMP⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@Deplorable FOR TRUMP⭐️⭐️⭐️) 1474257535.0
Then again, with this administration, nothing would shock us.