Untrue claims of “Fake Melania” are going to ride out this entire presidency just like “Fake News” claims.

The notion of a first lady body double for Melania Trump has been prevalent for more than three years, and it resurfaced again this week, when the first lady exited the White House holding hands with President Donald Trump and boarded Marine One for a trip to Florida.

The humungous sunglasses. The large overcoat. The speechless presence. What else is new there?

There is nothing to see here, folks, except for Melania Trump’s fashion choices. The #FakeMelania hashtag has been going strong since 2017, but it now has been revived and is trending for the second time in three months. It might be a better sitcom plotline than a realistic social media concern.

“The only thing I’ll miss from this administration is them swapping in new Melanias and just pretending we won’t notice like a 4-year-old with a guppy,” comedy writer/director Zack Bornstein tweeted in October.

Her smile, teeth, height, facial bone structure and willingness to hold hands with the president have been microanalyzed to perpetuate the impostor theory that the first lady’s subdued approach prompted the creation of stand-ins.

“You know she’s a double because real Melania won’t hold his hand,” one tweet repeated a frequent take on her hand-holding rejections.

It did not help that Trump, in one media briefing, was standing with her and made the comment, “My wife, Melania, who happens to be right here.”

But that is more #AwkwardDonald than #FakeMelania.

No matter how many times the idea of a body double comes back, the only thing that apparently can officially put it to bed is the inauguration of Joe Biden. By the way, did Dr. Jill Biden look different to you in some of those recent appearances?

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