Would anyone notice if Melania Trump was replaced with a double?
While President Donald Trump is something of an open book, Melania Trump something of an enigma. She says little in public, makes few appearances, and we know little about her, the relationship she has with Donald (and what we know isn’t good), or how she wants to use her lofty status to make the U.S. a better place.
So when a conspiracy theory recently sprung up about Melania being “replaced” with a body double to stand next to Donald while he bloviates, it had at least a patina of plausibility to it.
Donald Trump is the President of the United States.
Yeah, I know.
But no matter what you think of that fact, the fact remains that it is a fact. He was elected by a majority in the Electoral College, and his election was certified by Congress. He was sworn in, and in that moment, his arc as president fell under an umbrella of laws set down by the writers of the Constitution, and refined over the centuries.
There are five ways for a president to lose their status as president. They can:
be voted out of office in the ensuing election
die in office
be impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate
be removed by the Vice President and a majority of the Cabinet via the 25th Amendment
Donald Trump will be in office unless one of these things happens.
Or, maybe the Supreme Court will just nullify the whole thing as Trump is buried under a blizzard of indictments and arrest warrants.
This week, a juicy and horrifying story from Vanity Fair portrayed President Trump as a man quickly and graphically spiraling out of alignment with reality.
The story described President Trump as isolating himself behind a wall of Fox News bullshit, consumed by darkness. At one point, the piece describes a conversation Trump had with Steve Bannon, who described the risks of Trump being removed from office by a majority of the cabinet via the 25th Amendment. As one of the more troubling nuggets in the story claims,
A few days ago, I wrote about how the vast majority of the inevitable conspiracy theories about the Las Vegas terrorist attack weren’t worth the time or trouble to debunk.
Naturally, the flow of conspiracies and allegations about the attack has only gotten worse.
Thanks to the totally unfounded “intel” posted on social media by “citizen journalists” who all want you to give them money, the internet has determined what actually happened and what “they” don’t want you to know.
You probably clicked on this thinking you’d find a lengthy, heavily-researched debunking of all of the conspiracy theories and rumors that immediately sprung up after last night’s horrific terrorist attack in Las Vegas.
I bet you were also thinking that once you’ve read it, you’ll be armed with the information you need to face down the legions of trolls, shit-stirrers, cranks, and grief ghouls out there gumming up social media during a time of crisis and mourning.
Unfortunately, you won’t be, because I’m not doing that.