The Internet is a busy place, and conspiracy theories are just one of things keeping people on their toes (or thumbs on their keyboard); the latest is dubbed as the “Fake Melania” Conspiracy Theory, which seems to be a case for the most keen-eyed.
It started after Donald Trump appeared before the media and spoke about the recent rehabilitation efforts in Puerto Rico and a nuclear deal with Iran.
In the video, Trump mentions her in an usual way from past appearances:
“My wife, Melania, who happens to be right here,” gesturing towards the woman, who is donning large, dark sunglasses.
Twitter user Joe Vargas on Oct. 17 then created a side-by-side of a picture of FLOTUS and a shot of the woman in question, and some details do stand out:
Let me save you some time from looking it up. It’s not her. pic.twitter.com/IJjHEzWs8p
— BuyLegalMeds.com (@JoeVargas) October 18, 2017
“This is not Melania. To think they would go this far & try & make us think it’s her on TV is mind blowing. Makes me wonder what else is a lie,” writes Joe in another tweet.
Joe seems to be taking the popularity (and hilarity) of his tweet in stride, as he should:
Trump started Fake News. I started Fake Melania. I’m adding this to my resume.
— BuyLegalMeds.com (@JoeVargas) October 19, 2017
Meanwhile, an opinion piece published in Vox speculate that the White House has been using a body double for the First Lady because she simply does not want to be anywhere her husband, thereafter enumerating all the times Melania has displayed her lack of affection for him.
“Since Donald Trump was elected, people have subscribed to the belief that, at best, Melania Trump didn’t ever want to be first lady, and at worst openly loathes her husband,” the article read. “In a sense, it’s a different kind of conspiracy theory, one that someone could believe in while still scoffing at the idea that Melania employs a body double.”
This isn’t the first time though that the Internet accused a public figure of using a stand-in: Hillary Clinton was also rumored to have used a body double in one of her appearances during last year’s presidential campaign.
But we’ll leave it up to you to decide: a bad makeup and skin day for Melania? Or a badly disguised stand in?