By Erica Abbott
Does a viral video really show a fake Melania Trump standing next to President Donald Trump during a recent press conference? No. A rumor claiming that the First Lady has a body double is nothing more than a false conspiracy theory.
According to Snopes, the video, which has been viewed more than 14 million times, seems to have originated on Andrea Wagner Barton’s Facebook page. It claims to show a Trump lookalike filling in for the “real” FLOTUS during a press conference outside the White House in which the president spoke about Obamacare, hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the Iran nuclear deal.
“My wife, Melania, who happens to be right here, finds that subject to be of such vital importance and she’s very much involved,” the president said to reporters as the video zooms in on the “fake” Melania’s face. Many found it to be strange that Trump specifically stated that his wife was standing there, despite the fact that he has made similar statements (“My wife, Melania”) on more than one occasion.
In a separate post, Barton wrote, “Will the real Melania please stand up? Is it me or during his speech today a decoy ‘stood in’ for Melania??” The video, however, was likely distorted or blurred—making the original footage look completely different.
Posted by Andrea Wagner Barton on Friday, October 13, 2017
The above video seems to have been filmed as a CNN report from last Friday played on a television screen. The original video of the press conference does not zoom in on the FLOTUS’ face so it’s clear that whoever recorded the video used the zoom function themselves.
The viral conspiracy video is darker and blurrier than the initial report and it’s also clear that Trump’s face was manipulated in some way. While the First Lady is wearing large sunglasses, it’s still clear that her face in the viral video is much rounder and all-around different from how she looks in the actual report. Mashable reports that her face could appear to be distorted due to a camera lens or contouring makeup.
Furthermore, other photos that were taken that day clearly show that the First Lady, not some random body double, is standing with the president. The Trumps were captured touring a Secret Service training site in Maryland on Oct. 13, a visit that also included press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. and Trump’s doctor Ronnie Jackson, according to the Washington Post.
“Fake” Melania is simply a false conspiracy theory.
See how social media reacted to the video below:
Social Media Reacts to Melania Trump’s “Body Double” Video
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
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