So, you’ve heard about the Hillary Body Double thing, right?
If not, basically what happened is that some nitwit Trump supporters noticed that Hillary Clinton looked a bit thinner than usual at a photo-op yesterday several hours after she so famously fainted at the 9/11 memorial.
They concluded, naturally, that this was a counterfeit Hillary who just happens to look exactly like Hillary, but with different earrings and a somewhat smaller butt than they remember. And so the hashtag #HillarysBodyDouble started trending earlier today.
— USA For Trump 2016 (@USAforTrump2016) September 12, 2016
— Alt-Right News (@AltRight_News) September 12, 2016
It didn’t take long before some of the slightly-more-reality-based members of Trump’s fanbase noticed that a lot of people were, well, kind of making fun of the hashtag. Like so:
#HillarysBodyDouble is the funniest conspiracy theory I've ever seen. Keep it up, alt-right. I'd love to see more.
— Justin Taylor (@JustinTaylorBE) September 12, 2016
#HillarysBodyDouble is the inevitable culmination of alt-right think:
She belongs in jail!
SHE'S NOT EVEN REAL!
— Myke (@MikeWehner) September 12, 2016
And so a new conspiracy theory was born, claiming that the Hillary body double conspiracy theory was itself a conspiracy — a “false flag” by evil leftists to make alt-rightists and other Trump fans look ridiculous.
This new improved conspiracy theory is being promulgated by such icons of credibility as …
This dude who works for Alex Jones:
The #HillarysBodyDouble narrative was probably started by the Clinton campaign to discredit genuine questions about her health.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) September 12, 2016
— Reality Calls Ⓥ (@AltRightToday) September 12, 2016
Whoever this is:
#HillarysBodyDouble is a false flag from the liberals to discredit the alt-right. Don't fall for it guys!
— Monix (@iMonix) September 12, 2016
This line of argument might be a teensy bit more persuasive had there not been quite so many obviously sincere alt-rightists and Trump fans — all with long histories of pro-Trump tweets, many with thousands if not tens of thousands of followers — declaring that the real Hillary had been replaced by a fake. Seriously, click through to any of these accounts and tell me that they’re “false flags.”
— Deplorable Elizabeth (@MissLizzyNJ) September 12, 2016
— Νia-I am-Deplorable (@nia4_trump) September 12, 2016
— Vegas4Trump (@trump2016fan) September 12, 2016
— Anna Chapman (@ImagineAnna) September 12, 2016
#HillarysBodyDouble First I was like this is s dumb hashtag but looking at those pics it's clearly not Hillary
— Deplorable Bill (@Billhic02785574) September 12, 2016
— South Lone Star (@SouthLoneStar) September 12, 2016
Everyone missed most obvious faux-pas in photos. HER hair is now parted on the OTHER side. Now THAT'S strange. WTF. https://t.co/7a76bQEg8V
— DeplorableCherokeeB (@CherokeeBlueTP) September 12, 2016
Yes, DeplorableCherokee dude, the fact that her hair is parted on the other side, assuming one of the pics isn’t accidentally reversed, clearly proves that this ISN’T HILLARY!!!111!
#HillarysBodyDouble Nothing to see here, move along (other than different dental and face structures, earrings and body size and shape).
— ✝Jesus is God✝ (@jwd1967) September 12, 2016
Yes, Jesus dude, the fact that she was wearing different earrings surely proves that she has been replaced by a WHOLE OTHER PERSON!
Meanwhile, others in the Trump camp, while not quite willing to endorse the conspiracy theory outright, were certainly willing enough to indulge those who had, by “asking questions” about, for example, the fact that Hillary wasn’t completely surrounded by secret service officers while leaving her daughter’s apartment yesterday.
I thought #HillarysBodyDouble was a whacky conspiracy theory. But where are the Secret Service?
— Ricky Vaughn (@Ricky_Vaughn99) September 12, 2016
I can't believe this is true. But my first reaction to seeing her photo-op recovery was "where is everyone?" #HillarysBodyDouble
— Mark Kern (@Grummz) September 12, 2016
JUST ASKING QUESTIONS!
Our old friend Theodore Beale (“Vox Day”) declared in a blog post today that
I’m not saying that the latest “Hillary Clinton” appearance was a body double, but something looks a bit different about the miraculously recovered version. …To be honest, something about the shape of the woman’s body immediately struck me as “off”. Precisely what, I don’t know, but my immediate subconscious reaction was “who is that?” She’s a little too structurally squatty, as opposed to merely overweight like Hillary.
The right-wing Daily Caller, meanwhile, offered the conspiracy theorists this bit of clickbait:
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 12, 2016
The best explanation of Hillary’s appearance at the now infamous photo op came from someone who is very definitely not an alt-rightist:
This is not a body double. Hillary is merely on her way to a Melissa Ethridge concert in 1996. pic.twitter.com/C3Apei55AI
— Robin (@caulkthewagon) September 12, 2016
But my favorite post in the #HillarysBodyDouble hashtag has to be this one from a slightly miffed 9/11 Truther
People actually believe there is a #HillarysBodyDouble but don't believe that 9/11 was carried out by the government. God help us.
— VIⒶ (@SemperLiber9) September 12, 2016
We live in very weird times.