Rumours about Melania Trump using a body double have resurfaced on social media in the wake of the First Lady joining her husband on Wednesday to head to their resort Mar-a-Lago for Christmas.
A spate of Twitter users rushed to discuss Melania's appearance, posting videos or photos of Melania and her husband leaving the White House to board Air Force One.
"I think this is the fake Melania. Her walk is sloppy, she is smiling, and way too chummy with hubby", one user claimed.
I totally agree. She held his hand, smiled and waved, and the nose is a give away. #fakemelania again— Paula Doucette (@paulabelle1971) December 24, 2020
Referring to the current footage, another netizen tweeted that the First Lady "held his [Trump's] hand, smiled and waved, and the nose is a giveaway", in a clear nod to previous occasions, when the First Lady was seen apparently avoiding the president's hand while the couple walked to and from planes.
Looks like #FakeMelania is making one last appearance. The real Melania doesn't smile like that.— 😷 Cindy #WearADamnMask 😷 (@CindyPerry6) December 23, 2020
No way that is real Melania— Just Geri (@gerianne66) December 23, 2020
No freaking way. She never ever looks this happy.#FakeMelania
The #FakeMelania hashtag went viral on Twitter for the second time in the past few months, with a number of netizens discussing the First Lady impostor conspiracy theories in October.
Similar unsubstantiated rumours have circulated before. In mid-October 2019, President Trump went on Twitter to point the finger at the "Fake News" who "photoshopped pictures of Melania" and 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", POTUS added.