Trump accuses media without evidence of photoshopping Melania photos

President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE on Wednesday accused news outlets, without evidence, of doctoring photographs to fuel an unfounded conspiracy theory that first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats open televised impeachment hearings The Hill's Morning Report - Diplomats kick off public evidence about Trump, Ukraine The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems, GOP dig in for public impeachment hearings MORE employs a body double to appear with the president at public events.

“The Fake News photoshopped pictures of Melania, 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!” he tweeted.

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The conspiracy theory bubbled up again after people online suggested a body double stood in for the first lady last week when President Trump toured tornado damage in Alabama. ABC’s “The View” discussed the theory on air this week.

“You mean there are two women who have to pretend they are listening to him?” co-host Joy Behar joked.

Stephanie Grisham, a spokesman for Melania Trump, called the ABC talk-show hosts “shameful” for bringing up the topic.

“@flotus & @potus traveled to Alabama to pay their respects & comfort victims of the tornado devastation. In typical fashion, @theview chooses to laugh in the face of tragedy. Shameful,” she tweeted on Monday.