However, after almost three years, the President has responded to the rumours.
First lady Melania Trump walks with her son, Barron Trump, as they depart with U.S. President Donald Trump from the South Lawn of the White House, on March 8. The "FakeMelania" hashtag has been around since at least 2017, Trump's first year in office, with Twitter searches producing numerous photos of the first lady and unfounded commentary that the woman in the images is not Melania Trump.
The co-hosts on the show discussed the possibility that the first lady was replaced by a look-alike in several public photo events with President Donald Trump.
The president's tweet Wednesday coincided with a "Fox & Friends" segment that criticized ABC's "The View" for its discussion of the "the fake Melania online conspiracy theory". "You mean there are two women who have to pretend they're listening to (President Trump)?".
"Some people think that the first lady is using an imposter", Behar said, mockingly, before pulling up a tweet that included screengrabs of the first couple side by side in Opelika, Ala., on Friday. "Instead, they go after her", Trump said making reference to the often lauded former first lady and wife of President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, whose subsequent marriage made her Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, "Jackie O". "Melania is a very tall, statuesque woman, and the one that we saw - the first one that we showed - she looks kind of short". That prompted co-host Joy Behar, who also disapproves of Trump, to say: "We're not here to be better people".
Ironically, it seems the First Lady herself is a fan of conspiracy theories.
"Yesterday's show went beyond the petty, mean-girl spirit that we've grown accustomed to", she added.
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