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Internet loses it over Melania Trump body double conspiracy

By Sheetal Sukhija, United States News
19 Oct 2017, 09:19 GMT+10

WASHINGTON, U.S. - A conspiracy theory, laid out by a Facebook user went viral with over 100,000 shares from users worldwide.

The bizarre conspiracy theory mentioned in the viral post is that the First Lady of America, Melania Trump has been replaced by a body double in public appearances.

The Facebook post wasn’t the first such theory, but FLOTUS body double conspiracies have been circulating for months online. 

Earlier this week, the conspiracy went from a random idea to a full-blown conspiracy after the Facebook user Andrea Wagner Barton put it up last week.

Barton, an actress and comedian said, "Is it me or during his speech today a decoy 'stood in' for Melania??"

By Wednesday afternoon, the post had been shared over 97,000 times. 

For months now, several conspiracy theories about people using a strikingly similar-looking secret service agents have been doing the rounds - this time, people added photos to justify the theory, along with President Trump’s apparent slip-ups regarding his wife’s whereabouts and the first lady’s sometimes ‘altered’ appearances.

The footage from Friday of the first lady standing beside her husband, while he was addressing the media about hurricane relief for Puerto Rico and a nuclear deal with Iran went viral as proof. 

In the video, the president calls out his wife at the press conference, which conspiracy theorists claim is his effort to cover for the fact that his wife is in fact somewhere else. 

He said, “My wife, Melania, who happens to be right here.”

The conspiracy spread across the internet like wildfire and began trending on Twitter on Thursday, with some users calling it ridiculous and others agreeing it could be plausible.

One person commented on Barton's post, ”Oh my lord. That is totally not her. I am freaking out.” 

Another commenter wrote, “Wow! That is totally not her! Look at that harsh contour on her nose! I've studied her face... totally doesn't look like her to me. What the heck is happening in this world!?!"

Last year, theories about Hillary Clinton’s body double began trending on social media with the hashtag #hillarysbodydouble. 

Conspiracy theorists pointed to Teresa Barnwell, a Hillary Clinton impersonator, as the first lady and 2016 presidential candidate's stand in.

Conspiracy theorists pointed at pictures of Clinton exiting a memorial event and claimed she looked too healthy to be the real Clinton in 2016. 

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