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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke July 12, 2023

Baseless clone claims replicate on social media

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  • These claims are unfounded.

Pity politicians aging in the public eye, for they may someday be accused of relinquishing their lives to a "body double" or "clone," as a recent Instagram post suggests. 

"Ohhh nothing is happening you say," the caption on the July 9 post says, alongside images comparing different photos of high-profile people including former Vice President Mike Pence, King Charles III and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The hashtags include #bodydouble and #clone.

 One image of Charles is labeled "clone."

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Claims that lawmakers and others have been replaced by body doubles or clones are long-running and unfounded. The claims compare photos in which the people pictured are at different ages, shot from different angles, in different lighting and so on. Some of the photos are higher quality and others lower quality. 

In short: it doesn’t amount to evidence that these public figures have been replaced. And at PolitiFact, the burden of proof is on the person — or post — making the claim. 

We rate this one Pants on Fire!


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Instagram post July 9, 2023


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