Melania Trump’s body double theory resurrected and debunked — leftists run with it anyway
For over three years now, a fake conspiracy claiming that First Lady Melania Trump has a body double has been in play. Both USA Today and Buzzfeed have gone on record debunking what the Left seems to think is a very amusing and popular theory. They claim that her lookalike has taken her place on the campaign trail while disparaging her sunglasses and hair.
The conspiracy theory trended in 2017 and went viral again on Twitter Friday. Both Buzzfeed and USA Today issued articles debunking the conspiracy theory. This latest round of viral fake news revolves around recent photos and videos that Twitter users say clearly do not resemble Melania, or what they perceive to be her typical behavior. One Twitter user even referred to Melania as an ‘understudy’.
USA Today flatly pronounced these claims as false, stating that “There’s no body double — just distorted video, anomalous photos, and coincidence.” But that has not satisfied blue-check leftists on Twitter. The Left is having fun with the narrative and others are criticizing it.
Mediaite played both sides of the game asking: “Three years of debunkings haven’t stopped it, but think about this: if there really were a secret Melania being used to dupe the American public, don’t you think “they” would get someone more authoritative to publish their fake debunking? Or is that just what you’d expect them to do?”
Body double always wears shades and that awful wig https://t.co/sDSPenYB23
— Pass Ya Daddy’s Stuffing (@FeministaJones) October 30, 2020
Evidently, a photo of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania on Marine One en route to the final presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee, was what resurrected the conspiracy theory. Social media ran with it.
“The first picture of Trump and ‘Melania’ is from today — except it really doesn’t look like Melania. This has happened a few times before,” a post on Facebook stated. “They just don’t look like her … some people are suggesting its her secret service agent who goes everywhere….” Another post contains a screenshot of a tweet with the same photo, and the caption, “Today’s photo of a fake Melania. They think we won’t notice this?
This is… I mean… this isn't… I mean… https://t.co/mesdSQNW6I
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) October 30, 2020
USA Today had a solid explanation as if one was actually needed: “Each time, the allegations center on photos or videos of Melania Trump that social media users think just don’t look like her. But that’s relatively easily explained.”
“An oft-cited video, for example, shows her face as “slightly shrunken, distorted, and rounder,” per Snopes. That’s because it is footage of a television screen. Compared with the actual broadcast, it’s clear that the first lady’s strange appearance is “not evidence of a body double. It’s evidence of a poorly working television.”‘
— Kim Weaver (@KimWeaverIA) October 25, 2020
The angle that the photos are taken, the type of camera lens that is used, and the positioning of the photographer can all impact how subjects appear in photos. Most people see nothing that is odd in the pics. But the conspiracy does not seem to want to go away.
Business Insider says that Melania has a Secret Service agent who looks strikingly similar to her. This has also fueled the conspiracy theory.
Jonathan Wackrow, a former Secret Service agent who served on the First Family’s detail, stated that “the United States Secret Service doesn’t use body doubles.” “Mrs. Trump’s lead agent is a woman … and she happens to look a little like her, but physically, she is much shorter,” he said.
I’m full blown in on this conspiracy theory cause COME ON https://t.co/oKyna0gYjo
— Sarah Colonna (@sarahcolonna) October 25, 2020
Both the White House and President Trump have dismissed this as a ‘non-story’ and a distraction concocted by the Left.
Fake Melania is on the campaign trail.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) October 25, 2020
This is truly the dumbest timeline. Please stop the insane conspiracy theories folks https://t.co/hv68Of3s3M
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 30, 2020