The White House pushed back against online conspiracy theories that ABC's "The View" amplified on Monday, saying that the left-leaning show's baseless attacks on Melania Trump as she tried to comfort families who lost loved ones in Alabama during a tornado were "disgusting."
The first lady visited Lee County, Alabama with President Donald Trump on Friday to survey the damage from a recent tornado that killed 23 people, and, during the trip, she was repeatedly attacked online by leftists who promoted conspiracy theories that she was using a body double.
Leftist co-host Joy Behar led off the segment by calling it "the fake Melania online conspiracy theory," saying, "some people think the first lady is using an imposter to stand in for her."
Leftist co-host Sunny Hostin said that she "was really into" researching the unsubstantiated conspiracy and went as far as to speculate that the Secret Service may not be telling the truth that they do not use body doubles because "then they could never do it."
"[email protected] & @potus traveled to Alabama to pay their respects & comfort victims of the tornado devastation," Stephanie Grisham, the White House director of communications for Melania Trump, tweeted. "In typical fashion, @theview chooses to laugh in the face of tragedy. Shameful."
In a statement provided to The Daily Wire, Grisham wrote: "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, but today’s episode went beyond the petty mean girl spirit that we’re used to. People died, people lost family, people are hurting. I watched the President and First Lady hug, speak with, and comfort people who had lost everything - and these “ladies” are laughing about body doubles. It was disgusting."
"Four children, including a 6-year-old boy ripped from his father's arms, were among the 23 victims" that were killed last Sunday, USA Today reported. "The EF-4 tornado with winds of 170 mph cut through a nearly one-mile-wide path that stretched over at least 24 miles through the small rural town of Beauregard, Alabama, near the border with Georgia. Officials now believe the overall track of tornadoes Sunday extended 70 miles across the two states."
This is not the first time that the media has promoted conspiracy theories about the first lady.
Last June, The Daily Wire reported:
CNN senior media reporter Brian Stelter was brutally mocked for another embarrassing display of denying his own hyper-partisan reporting on Wednesday when he attacked President Donald Trump over a tweet that called out the media for spreading conspiracy theories about where Melania Trump was in the days following her surgery.
In two tweets, Trump slammed the media for their reporting on Melania's whereabouts, suggesting that they intentionally distorted the truth because "it would hurt the sick narrative."
The first lady underwent a surgical procedure on May 14 and was out of the public spotlight for a few weeks while she recovered.
Stelter pushed the false conspiracy theory that the first lady had "disappeared," despite CNBC reporter Eamon Javers reporting days before: "Not that this will deter the conspiracy theorists, but I saw the First Lady walking with her aides in the West Wing yesterday afternoon."