2017, a most ridiculous time to be alive. Wednesday, internet sleuths thought they were really on to something — the “Melania Trump” standing next to the president was not in fact Melania, they claimed.

Dressed in a trench coat and sporting a fab pair of sunglasses, someone whose TV has jacked up aspect ratio decided the difference in appearance was substantial enough to suggest the first lady had a body double.


Apparently, the only thing needed to completely alter your appearance is a spiffy pair of shades.

Thanks for clearing that up. False alarm, everyone! False alarm!

CNN clarifies:

So widespread was this nonsense that CNN and other outlets were forced to correct the internet record:

No, Melania Trump doesn’t have a body double — despite what you may have seen on the internet.

The bizarre rumor grew out of a Twitter post from a California man, who, according to his bio, sells hemp syrup. The tweet implied the first lady standing beside President Donald Trump last week wasn’t actually the first lady, but an imposter. He compared an older image of the first lady to a tight shot of her — as though this provided evidence that there are two different Trumps.

The East Wing dismissed the obvious falsehood, chastising those pursuing it.

“Once again, we find ourselves consumed with a ridiculous non-story when we could be talking about the work the first lady is doing on behalf of children, including the opioid crisis that is gripping our nation,” East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham told CNN.

Hemp syrup. I suppose that explains it.

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