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.
— James Corscadden🇮🇪🇪🇸 (@jamescorscadden) March 9, 2019
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. pic.twitter.com/eVFaw4wgvg
— The Hill (@thehill) March 8, 2019
Some seemed genuinely convinced—or found it disturbingly plausible—that the First Lady was actually a stand-in, whom they quickly dubbed Fake Melania.
Oh come on. That is so plainly not Melania.
— Alexander Brown (@fluffy_bne) March 9, 2019
This is 100% not Melania Trump that Donald Trump is holding hands with pic.twitter.com/fV0ejfQPmj
— Rupert Myers (@RupertMyers) March 8, 2019
— Token_BK (@TokenBK1) March 9, 2019
— Danny//B 🍊 (@OGBotterz) March 8, 2019
Some noted a resemblance between the First Lady and her secret service agent.
— Schadenfreude Sally (@ResistMeena) March 9, 2019
— Maddie Max (@MadMax13z) March 9, 2019
But others had a different reaction.