A spokeswoman for first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMcCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral GOP leader's remarks on Fox underscore Trump's power White House orders release of Trump records to Jan. 6 committee MORE tore into the all-women hosts of "The View" on Tuesday, accusing them of having a “petty, mean-girl spirit” after they mocked an ongoing conspiracy theory about the president’s wife using a body double.
Stephanie Grisham, a representative for the East Wing, criticized the segment in an email to USA Today.
"I’ve always found it sad that a group of women spend so much time attacking another woman, whose only goal is to help children," Grisham wrote. ”Yesterday’s show went beyond the petty, mean-girl spirit that we’ve grown accustomed to."
"The View" declined to comment.
The response comes after “The View” did a segment on Monday about an ongoing theory that the first lady occasionally uses an “impostor” to stand in for her doing events.
"You mean there are two women who have to pretend they're listening to [President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE]?" Behar quipped.
.@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. https://t.co/KzG2c4Th4a— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) March 11, 2019
"When there's a rumor like this, and memes all over the place, I think it catches on because there's an element of truth to the idea that she doesn't want to spend time with him," Behar added.
The co-hosts at the table agreed that the theory is false, but conservative commentator Ana Navarro added that "political reality is so absurd, you would almost believe anything. I think this is crazy and it's absurd, but it's also funny."
The theory spread online after the Trumps visited Beauregard, Ala., on Friday after a massive tornado tore through the state and killed 23 people.
The hashtag “FakeMelania” began circulating on Twitter, showing the first lady wearing large sunglasses at the site.
I’m the First Lady, yes I’m the Real Lady— trevor beattie (@trevorbmbagency) March 9, 2019
All you other First Ladies are just imitating.
So won’t the real First Lady please stand up
Please stand up, please stand up? #FakeMelania pic.twitter.com/Qsqn8BR8gA
I see unconvincing Melania stunt-double is back. pic.twitter.com/kbIcqv9OuE— Huw (@ed_son) March 8, 2019
Trump himself on Tuesday morning accused the media, without evidence, of fanning the flames of the conspiracy with "photoshopped pictures."
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2019