The internet has been gripped by a conspiracy theory that claims Melania Trump has been replaced by a body double.
Speculation was rife after the US President and First Lady made an appearance at Columbus, Ohio to visit the Nationwide Children’s Hospital last week.
The president and his wife disembarked from an aircraft at Joint Base Andrews with Melania sporting a white skirt and polka-dot shirt.
Curious video footage of the visit was watched by 2.7 million people after it was posted to Twitter.
Dubious viewers claimed that FLOTUS had been substituted before departure by someone with entirely different facial features. And mannerisms. Oh, and height.
“She isn’t melania. Who is she?”, one asked.
Another said: “Not even close, unless FLOTUS has gained weight and had her cheekbones removed.”
“If he is trying to pass off a body double as Melania he failed miserably”, another added
Take a look and judge of yourself. Suspicious, or just another internet hoax?
He claimed Barack Obama was born in Kenya, not the United States, and demanded he produce his birth certificate.
He said he saw Muslims cheering as the Twin Towers came down on September 11.
And he claimed millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 US presidential election (which he won).
But the President found HIMSELF at the centre of this Melania conspiracy theory – and it’s gathering traction.
Actress and comedian Andrea Wagner Barton shared a status on Facebook last year, questioning if the First Lady had been replaced by a lookalike.
She wrote: “Is it me or during his speech today a decoy ‘stood in’ for Melania??”
She shared a video, filmed in the White House garden on Friday October 13, in which Trump appears to go to great lengths to emphasise it IS his wife.
The President is heard to say “my wife, Melania, who happens to be right here…”.
The post has been shared more than 100,000 times, sending conspiracy theorists into a frenzy.
Some social media users offered ‘evidence’ that the woman standing with Trump has subtle physical differences to the ‘real’ Melania Trump.
Other’s have referenced the President’s apparent slip-ups and contradictions regarding his wife’s whereabouts.
While many have seen the funny side, others have become convinced by the body double theory.
One user wrote: “Oh my lord. That is totally not her. I am freaking out.”
Another added: “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!?!”