President Trump on Wednesday criticized the media for its coverage of a fringe online theory that a body double was used for first lady Melania Trump during the presidential trip last week to survey tornado damage in Alabama.
The president said the internet rumor was another example of "fake news". "They are only getting more deranged with time!" the president tweeted.
Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce opined that The View hosts do not really believe Melania has a body double, accusing the panelists of seizing upon "an excuse to mock the first lady" by saying she looks short or appears to have a different face shape. Trump was referring to President John F. Kennedy's wife, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who often was referred to as "Jackie O" after she remarried following Kennedy's assassination.
Melania Trump's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, blasted the segment in a post on Twitter on Monday morning. "They want to see that", she said, prompting Behar to note that Obama had in fact produced his birth certificate. The First Lady's spokesperson denied that she uses a body double in 2017.
"When you're in college or high school, there is the pretty girl who is nice, and you go with the marker to mark up her locker and then you gossip about her and you call her names".
"That one does not look like her".
If Trump meant what he usually does by "Fake News" - mainstream media organizations that he disagrees with - there's no evidence of tampering with images of the first lady by any legitimate news outlet.
"People died, people lost family and people are hurting in Alabama", Grisham added in her statement.
"I spent, like, an hour on Saturday involved in this", co-host Sunny Hostin said.