Pictures of the US President with his wife from last week are currently fueling the rumor mill. The claim: Donald Trump was traveling with a double. Was it Melania Trump or not?
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Does the first lady of the USA, Melania Trump, use a body double to avoid public appearances? Under the hashtag #FakeMelania, some Twitter users are currently heating up the rumor mill. It’s about photos that show the US President and his wife boarding a helicopter in Washington last Thursday. The presidential couple headed out for a television campaign debate in Nashville, Tennessee that day. In the photos, Melania Trump laughs at the camera by her husband’s side.
But some Twitter users are now claiming that Donald Trump has hired a double for the press. They explained their distrust, among other things, with the fact that Melania Trump laughs much more than usual in the photos. The first lady is usually known for her serious expression. Many of the users also pointed out that the woman’s teeth would look completely different in the pictures. Her nose is also much more pointed.
Has their been another sitting President in the Televisual age that’s been quite so brazen as to use a body double of the First Lady on the campaign trail? I think not. Up their with my favourite conspiracy theories. The evidence is well… compelling.
— Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) October 25, 2020
Many people who commented on the Internet were also indignant about the alleged “audacity” of the president to shamelessly put a double in front of their noses. Republicans would need the First Lady’s presence at campaign rallies to do justice to the image of the good first lady, one observer rhymed. Therefore, a doppelganger must travel with the president. Other Twitter users scoffed with photo montages that the photos clearly showed a body double.
Melania Trump mostly stays in the background
There have been rumors in the past that the first lady hired a doppelganger to perform. In 2017, a video of an official speech by the president went viral that made many people doubt whether it actually featured the first lady. There is also plenty of speculation about marriage – for Donald Trump it is the third. They are fueled by innocuous reports of separate bedrooms, but also by serious allegations of Donald Trump’s alleged affairs and sexual assaults from before he moved into the White House.
Trump has vehemently denied reports about it so far. Most recently, last year he accused the media of having changed photos of his wife’s appearances. “The fake news took pictures of Melania with photoshops and then spread conspiracy theories that she is not by my side in Alabama and other places. They are getting more and more confused over time!” Trump wrote on Twitter at the time.
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
In the election campaign, however, the First Lady actually appeared much less often than other members of the Trump family, who are working hard for the re-election of the president.
Just two weeks before the election, she canceled her participation in a Donald Trump appearance at short notice – a precautionary measure because of coughing, as her spokeswoman said.