BRADLEY COUNTY, AL. (THECOUNT) — While the President Trump and the First Lady surveyed tornado damage in Alabama, several Twitter users posted conspiracy theories about whether or not the president was traveling with the REAL First Lady, or a body double.
The theory that Melania Trump frequently uses a body double for public appearances actually began in 2017, according to WWLTV.
During a press conference in October 2017, Twitter user Joe Vargas noticed the first lady did not look like herself. Vargas’ tweet went viral as people tried to decipher whether the woman standing beside Trump was Melania.
The Don of CBD via Twitter: @JoeVargas “This is not Melania. To think they would go this far & try & make us think its her on TV is mind blowing. Makes me wonder what else is a lie”
While the original claims were quickly debunked by fact-checkers, the #FakeMelania conspiracy returned Friday, March 8, after an Alabama television reporter posted a photo of the Trumps viewing the crosses representing the state’s 23 tornado victims.
Twitter users compared the woman in the picture’s height and face to other photos of Melania, arguing that the two are not the same woman.
“I know everyone likes to laugh about how stupid the #FakeMelania conspiracy is. So let’s just look at these two pictures from yesterday,” Twitter user Gareth Dimelow said. “How does a human being shrink a good five inches in a matter of hours?”
Many Twitter users responded to the theories, commenting that lighting and makeup are the most likely causes for the mistaken identity.