- ‘Star Trek: Picard’ recap, episode 5: ‘Stardust City Rag’ 11 Months Ago
- Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison 11 Months Ago
- New The 1975 music video is full of memes you’ll love 11 Months Ago
- Black model speaks out after fashion show featured racist accessories 11 Months Ago
- CBS to launch ‘House of Brands’ to bulk up streaming Today 11:57 AM
- Steven Spielberg’s daughter is launching a career in adult entertainment Today 11:24 AM
- Congress asks Ring for more information about police partnerships Today 10:38 AM
- Vlogger who posts behind-the-scenes footage at Disney is in trouble with YouTube Today 10:16 AM
- Was Bloomberg owned harder on the debate stage or by Twitter? Today 8:54 AM
- Make ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ your desert island game Today 8:51 AM
- Everyone’s trying to dance like Jennifer Lopez on TikTok Today 8:27 AM
- Why the coronavirus bioweapon theory persists Today 7:57 AM
- You won’t see deleted scenes on the ‘Rise of Skywalker’ home release Today 7:47 AM
- The return of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ throws you right back into the fight Today 7:00 AM
- Am I overreacting to a Facebook message from a dating app match? Today 6:00 AM
The “Fake Melania” conspiracy theory has gone on for a while, with people online claiming photos of the president’s wife don’t quite look like her at various public events. The First Lady’s spokesperson denied that she uses a body double in 2017.
In the tweet, the president references his trip to Alabama over the weekend—when the conspiracy theory was reignited.
“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!” the president wrote.
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
.@flotus & @potus traveled to Alabama to pay their respects & comfort victims of the tornado devastation. In typical fashion, @theview chooses to laugh in the face of tragedy. Shameful. https://t.co/KzG2c4Th4a— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) March 11, 2019
What’s unclear in the president’s tweet is what he meant by the media photoshopping images of the First Lady. Most of the conspiracy theory lives on social media where people compare screenshots of live images from public events to other photos.
As Snopes wrote in 2017, one of the more widely circulated images looks different because it was filmed while it aired on TV. When the image was compared to the actual footage on CNN’s website, it appears distorted.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).