Monday, 30 Nov 2020

'Fake Melania' conspiracy theory re-emerges as photo goes viral

A wild conspiracy theory that Donald Trump is using a body double to stand-in for his wife has re-surfaced because of a photo showing Melania apparently not looking herself. 

#FakeMelania has been trending on Twitter because of the picture, which shows the president and his wife boarding Marine One on the south lawn of the White House earlier this week. 

It was taken as the couple travelled to the final presidential debate in Nashville and was the first time they were seen in public together after both contracted coronavirus.

Melania is seen smiling while wearing dark glasses but some have pointed out her smile is different to normal and her teeth structure isn’t the same as in previous pictures.

Proponents of the conspiracy theory claim the president has had to resort to hiring an actress to play his wife because she is reluctant to accompany him on campaign trips.

Film director Zack Bornstein was one of the first to Tweet, writing: ‘The only thing I’ll miss from this administration is them swapping in new Melanias and just pretending we won’t notice like a 4-year-old with a guppy.’

Referencing a story that Melania reportedly hates having to decorate the White House at Christmas, he later added: ‘I never believed the #FakeMelania conspiracies, but you can tell this 100% isn’t her, because she’s looking fondly at a Christmas tree in the distance.’

Others have spoofed the bizarre conspiracy theory by sharing pictures of Mr Trump standing next to people who clearly aren’t the First Lady. 

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