Trump Responds To #FakeMelania Conspiracy Theory

Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter

President Donald Trump tried to set the record straight Wednesday after people on social media decided photos of first lady Melania Trump looked like a body-double during the couple’s March 8 trip to Alabama.

“The Fake News photoshopped pictures of Melania, then propelled conspiracy theories that it’s actually not her by my side in Alabama and other places,” Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday. “They are only getting more deranged with time!”

While it’s unclear if any of the photos circulating were photoshopped, multiple Twitter users posted photos of the first lady from the visit to Alabama tornado victims and claimed the woman was not actually Melania Trump. (RELATED: Trump Dings Newsom For Disregarding California Voters When It Comes To The Death Penalty)

“GUYS THAT IS NOT MELANIA,” Twitter user @redpainter1 wrote to caption photos of the president and first lady March 8.

Trump and the first lady flew to Alabama on March 8 to honor the 23 victims who were killed after tornadoes ravaged the area.

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump chat with Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey as they survey damage by a tornado with a FEMA official, along with HHS Secretary Ben Carson, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, in Beauregard, Alabama, U.S., March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump chat with Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey as they survey damage by a tornado with a FEMA official, along with HHS Secretary Ben Carson, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, in Beauregard, Alabama, U.S., March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

The first lady body-double theory traces all the way back to the early days of Trump’s presidency in 2017, according to People. Twitter user @JoeVargas tweeted a video of the first lady wearing oversized sunglasses and standing next to the president Oct. 18, 2017.

“This is not Melania. To think they would go this far [and] try [and] make us think its her on TV is mind blowing. Makes me wonder what else is a lie,” he wrote.

The White House first responded to the controversy in 2017.

“Once again, we find ourselves consumed with a ridiculous non-story when we could be talking about the work the first lady is doing on behalf of children, including the opioid crisis that is gripping our nation,” the first lady’s press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in 2017, according to AL.com.

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