A video shows a "fake" Melania Trump standing next to the president.
A bizarre rumor holding that President Trump was using a Melania Trump body double at a press conference took hold on social media in October 2017 after Facebook user Andrea Wagner Barton posted photographic “evidence” of the charge:
Will the real Melania please stand up?
Is it me or during his speech today a decoy “stood in” for Melania??
Why would the moron say “my wife, Melania, who happens to be right here…”
Seriously, watch very closely!
A video purportedly showing this “fake” Melania Trump was also widely circulated on social media. As of this writing, Barton’s post has racked up more than 9 million views:
The footage above was captured by filming a television screen showing a CNN report from 13 October 2017. When compared to the actual video available on CNN‘s web site, it’s apparent that the strange visual was caused by the TV screen and not a faux first lady.
Here’s a screenshot from the Facebook video (left) compared to a still from the video available on CNN.com. Note that Melania’s face is slightly shrunken, distorted, and rounder in the Facebook video:
This not evidence of a body double. It’s evidence of a poorly working television.
Several other images of the first lady from the same day are also available from news organizations such as Getty Images and and the Associated Press. Many of those photographs, such as the following image from the White House, featured the first lady sans sunglasses, clearly showing that this woman is in fact Melania Trump and not some impostor: