Trump says Melania body double conspiracy theory caused by journalists doctoring photos

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President Donald Trump has had it with the #fakeMelania conspiracy theories that have been circulating on social media.

The weird theory, which has cropped up repeatedly throughout Trump's term in office, suggests that a body double for Melania accompanies the United States president at certain events, most recently a visit to survivors of a tornado in Alabama.

He says "the Fake News" has "photoshopped" pictures of Melania, but that's not where the pseudo-theory arose. The First Lady's spokesperson denied that she uses a body double in 2017. "Instead, they go after her", Trump told Breitbart News in Monday's interview.

"If our first lady, if I were a Democrat instead of a Republican, she'd be Jackie O times twenty".

The basic premise of the hashtag conspiracy, which is filled mostly with people joking about it, is that sometimes Trump appears with a "body double" of Melania Trump rather than with her. Hosts of the ABC program debated whether an impostor had traveled with Trump. One host allowed that the first lady might have been wearing flat shoes.

Grisham also pointed out the context behind some of the pictures that the women on "The View" were laughing about in their discussion. "You mean there are two women who have to pretend they're listening to (President Trump)?".

The "Fake Melania" theory first emerged from a tweet by Joe Vargas, CEO of Buy Legal Meds, in October 2017.

First lady Melania Trump walks with her son, Barron Trump, as they depart with U.S. President Donald Trump from the South Lawn of the White House, on March 8.

Stephanie Grisham, Ms Trump's representative, responded in an email to ABC it was "sad" the female presenters "spend so much time attacking another woman, whose only goal is to help children". "Sorry", Behar said of one photo.