Prone to distraction as it is, Twitter was briefly consumed on Wednesday by the conspiracy theory that Melania Trump used a body double at a press conference with her husband last week.
The theory was originated by user @JoeVargas, who shared a CNN clip in which the first lady appeared alongside Donald Trump as the president discussed the situation in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Trump is seen wearing a trench coat, with her face hidden by large sunglasses and cast in shadow for much of the interview.
“This is not Melania,” he wrote. “To think they would go this far & try & make us think its her on TV is mind blowing. Makes me wonder what else is a lie.”
Other photos and video taken the day of the press conference show that the person behind the sunglasses really is Trump, but that didn’t stop social media users from having some fun with the theory that the First Lady employs a body double.
“If you do not choose to believe in the existence of fake Melania I encourage you to find more room in your heart for joy and whimsy today,” The Toast co-founder Nicole Cliffe wrote in a tweet.
See some of the best jokes below:
This is not Melania. To think they would go this far & try & make us think its her on TV is mind blowing. Makes me wonder what else is a lie pic.twitter.com/JhPVmXdGit
— BuyLegalMeds.com (@JoeVargas) October 18, 2017
It is I, the real Melania, reporting for duty. pic.twitter.com/6NBMSF7TVV
— Kashana (@kashanacauley) October 18, 2017
Can't believe the White House killed off the original Melania and replaced her with Leah Remini.
— Joel Kim Booster (@ihatejoelkim) October 18, 2017
This is not Melania. To think they would go this far & try & make us think its her on TV is mind blowing. Makes me wonder what else is a lie pic.twitter.com/NCYIJfeVhx
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) October 18, 2017
fake melania is mf doom
— Open Mike Eagle (@Mike_Eagle) October 18, 2017
I think it’s time to reboot RINGER but this time it’s about Melania Trump pic.twitter.com/Wp5zv8Iqjm
— Ira Madison III (@ira) October 18, 2017
well this is embarrassing, i looked up & melania has apparently been here this whole time pic.twitter.com/IEZOLmq7nR
— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) October 18, 2017
"Please Lord, give me anything but sexual harassment to think about."
*Melania body double conspiracy* pic.twitter.com/0xrvMkaOpW
— Libby Hill (@midwestspitfire) October 18, 2017
Fake Melania Trump leaving the press conference after securing the bag pic.twitter.com/SYsYUnH2Cn
— Spooky X (@XLNB) October 18, 2017
Just imagine, getting up in the morning, getting ready to go to work as Melania’s double. pic.twitter.com/AHe5eihWBY
— Lew Archer (@MZGunter) October 18, 2017
hello it's me, FLOTUS Melania pic.twitter.com/VK5OQprFev
— Ashley (@ashcech) October 18, 2017
False alarm. It is in fact the real Melania Trump, not a body double. pic.twitter.com/vDowTqFjpN
— pam (@pamnonga) October 18, 2017
if you do not choose to believe in the existence of fake melania I encourage you to find more room in your heart for joy and whimsy today
— Alex Trimboli (@Nicole_Cliffe) October 18, 2017