Back in October 2017 a conspiracy theory made the rounds that at times the White House employed a body double of First Lady Melania Trump for appearances with President Donald Trump. The “double” was almost always seen only from a distance and usually with sunglasses on.
The theory has been resurrected a few times since, most recently when photos of the First couple disembarking Air Force One on March 8, 2019 caused people to question the identity of the woman by the president’s side.
This is 100% not Melania Trump that Donald Trump is holding hands with pic.twitter.com/fV0ejfQPmj
— Rupert Myers (@RupertMyers) March 8, 2019
Now, for the first time, POTUS has actually weighed in on the rumors.
Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to make his own conspiracy theory claim that the media—every single person who had photographed or recorded video of FLOTUS deplaning—had photoshopped all images of the First Lady to propel the body double theory.
“The Fake News photoshopped pictures of Melania, then propelled conspiracy theories that it’s actually not her by my side in Alabama and other places. They are only getting more deranged with time!”
The Fake News photoshopped pictures of Melania, then propelled conspiracy theories that it’s actually not her by my side in Alabama and other places. They are only getting more deranged with time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2019
For some, the irony was rich indeed.
It’s awful when sad old creeps spread crazy conspiracy theories. Must be hard on you.
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) March 13, 2019
Photoshopped??? Like your inauguration crowd size?
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) March 13, 2019
You don’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to honesty!pic.twitter.com/XoFYujbMgu
— Ryan Hill (@RyanHillMI) March 13, 2019
Some of Trump’s supporters immediately echoed his claims.
Fake news makes up fake stories and tries to pass them off as news—they are not.
The left have proven themselves to be the masters of fake hoaxes and fake conspiracies.
They fear US because we are real just like our POTUS & FLOTUS.
— CC (@ChatByCC) March 13, 2019
They continue to manufacture FAKE NEWS to keep from airing President Trump’s accomplishments!
America ❤️’s Melania and President Trump!
— Lori Hendry (@Lrihendry) March 13, 2019
But others were not buying what Trump or his supporters were selling.