First lady Melania Trump fired back at the women of "The View" through her spokesperson on Wednesday after they pushed a bizarre conspiracy theory about a body double.
"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," said Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's representative, to USA Today.
"Yesterday's show went beyond the petty, mean-girl spirit that we've grown accustomed to," she added.
Grisham also tweeted about the show, calling it "shameful."
.@flotus & @potus traveled to Alabama to pay their respects & comfort victims of the tornado devastation. In typica… https://t.co/RBuDSlJHDW— Stephanie Grisham (@Stephanie Grisham)1552326886.0
"In typical fashion," she tweeted, "@theview chooses to laugh in the face of tragedy. Shameful."
"People died, people lost family and people are hurting in Alabama," Grisham continued in her statement. "I watched the President and First Lady hug, listen to and comfort people who had lost everything. The ladies of The View really should consider devoting that air time to helping people."
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.
"I spent, like, an hour on Saturday involved in this," co-host Sunny Hostin said. "Melania is a very tall, statuesque woman, and the one that we saw — the first one that we showed — she looks kind of short. Look how short she looks."
While most of the other co-hosts talked down the conspiracy theory, they were criticized by many on social media for giving it any credence at all.
Trump criticized the conspiracy theory on his Twitter account, and claimed that news services were photoshopping images to further the bizarre story.
The Fake News photoshopped pictures of Melania, then propelled conspiracy theories that it’s actually not her by my… https://t.co/3HIN4F7uCS— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1552484678.0
"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," he tweeted. "They are only getting more deranged with time!"
Here's more on the insipid "Fake Melania" conspiracy:
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