Have you heard about the latest scandal involving a first lady? No, not that one. Social media is abuzz with speculation that Melania Trump used a body double during a recent non-speaking appearance alongside President Donald Trump.
“Is it me or during his speech today a decoy ‘stood in’ for Melania??” comedian Andrew Wagner Barton wrote on Twitter, referring to a visit by the Trumps to the U.S. Secret Service training facility in Beltsville, Maryland.
That was all it took for the conspiracy theory to go viral, with users thoroughly analyzing pictures and videos obtained from the event and comparing them to previous, confirmed tape of Melania Trump. At the center of the conspiracy are Melania’s typical oversized sunglasses, which are said to have covered up the fact that the woman standing next to the president was a phony.
Let me save you some time from looking it up. It's not her. pic.twitter.com/IJjHEzWs8p
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Predictably, the incident has spawned a dizzying array of memes, many hinging on President Trump’s seemingly suspicious phrasing to refer to Melania: “My wife, Melania, who happens to be standing right here.”
"My wife Melania, who happens to be right here" pic.twitter.com/lhnHd3uV9S
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— Kent M. Wilhelm (@kw_hc) October 18, 2017
"We have a question for you Melania."
"Are you really Melania Trump?"
Fake Melania Trump: pic.twitter.com/qpFSFXDfgG
— Spooky X (@XLNB) October 18, 2017
Unfortunately for the conspiracy theorists out there, though, this one appears to be dead in the water, or so one body language expert believes. Joe Navarro, who worked for the FBI for 25 years, has no doubt that the woman who posed as Melania Trump was actually… Melania Trump.
“Her stature and facial gestures, like her slightly pursed lips and her nodding at her husband, are consistent with what we’ve seen before,” he told Vogue. “Non-verbally, there’s nothing out of the ordinary about her behavior.”