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- President Donald Trump has a new conspiracy theory to promote.
- This time, he says that news organizations Photoshopped pictures of Melania Trump and then pushed a conspiracy theory that she has a body double. There’s no evidence to support that claim.
- The conspiracy theory that the first lady has a body double has persisted for months. It’s also unsubstantiated.
President Donald Trump is promoting a new conspiracy theory in response to a totally separate conspiracy theory that Melania Trump has a body double.
In a tweet, the president said that news organizations published edited photos of the first lady, and then pushed conspiracy theories that she wasn’t actually by her side on a visit to Alabama on Friday. There is no evidence that news organizations modified Melania Trump’s appearance.
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. They are only getting more deranged with time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2019
The long-persistent theory about Melania Trump having a body double who appears instead of her in public resurfaced during the couple’s Alabama visit. One image, where she wore sunglasses, made her look like someone else, people believed. Other photos during the visit clearly showed that Trump herself was there, not an impostor.
Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s press secretary, blasted ABC’s “The View” Monday for discussing the unsubstantiated body double theory. Joy Behar, one of the show’s co-hosts, said her image in a photo “does not look like her.”
“.@flotus & @potus traveled to Alabama to pay their respects & comfort victims of the tornado devastation,” Grisham tweeted. “In typical fashion, @theview chooses to laugh in the face of tragedy. Shameful.”
The conspiracy theory about Trump’s body double has persisted since August 2017. It’s fueled by her penchant for secrecy, having a Secret Service agent who looks like her, and camera angles and sunglasses that cover parts of her face.
The president himself has promoted numerous false conspiracy theories, including that local news aired footage of Arabs in New Jersey celebrating the fall of the World Trade Center of 9/11. On Tuesday, he said complex airplane computer programs are making airplanes less safe, even though planes are, statistically, safer with these systems installed.
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