The latest conspiracy to hit the internet involves First Lady Melania Trump and her nose.
On Friday, President Donald Trump held a press conference during which he discussed such topics as the Iran nuclear deal and the status of relief efforts for Puerto Rico. At one point during the conference, he pointed to his wife, saying, “My wife, Melania, who happens to be right here.”
However, conspiracy theorists believe that the press conference appearance was a stunt by Trump to prove that his wife was there and supporting him when she was in fact elsewhere.
For proof, these online conspiracists are pointing to Melania’s nose, which they say is different on the woman at the press conference, who is wearing a coat and sunglasses. Since the theory cropped up online, Google searches for “Melania Trump double” and “Fake Melania” have spiked.
“We’ve done a great job in Puerto Rico,” President Trump says of hurricane relief efforts https://t.co/76jXCrGqVV
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 13, 2017
This isn’t the first time conspiracy theorists have suggested the use of body doubles, as Hillary Clinton had previously been accused of using a stand-in. But for the Trumps, who have had several public gaffes such as Trump’s trip to Israel in which Melania appeared to rebuff his attempt to hold her hand, the conspiracy theory only fans the flames of rumors that things are not all roses between the First Couple.
Interestingly enough, it’s not farfetched for politicians, particularly members of the First Family to have so-called ‘body doubles’ — they’re known as political decoys. They are typically used, however, to draw attention away from political figures in times of danger or the risk of their well-being.
hello it’s me, FLOTUS Melania pic.twitter.com/VK5OQprFev
— Ashley (@ashcech) October 18, 2017
— BallerAlert (@balleralert) October 18, 2017
I’m sure surprised Melania didn’t use a Michelle Obama look-alike since she steals everything else of hers, too.
— Charles Clymer️ (@cmclymer) October 18, 2017
Media: Are you a stunt Double for Melania?
Fake Melania be like… pic.twitter.com/kzoORXeQLD
— D.T. (@Darlene26811165) October 18, 2017
you vs the melania he tells you not to worry abt pic.twitter.com/go9gj8RNYe
— meaniehead (@realmeaniehead) October 18, 2017
Just imagine, getting up in the morning, getting ready to go to work as Melania’s double. pic.twitter.com/AHe5eihWBY
— Lew Archer (@MZGunter) October 18, 2017
Fake Melania look like Shock G pic.twitter.com/55AXkKTXbZ
— Simone Alexa (@SimoneAlexa) October 18, 2017