Melania Trump's coat on 9/11 looked like plane flying into tower, critics say

The White House is coming to the first lady's defense over one truly bizarre wardrobe flap.

Conspiracy theorists on social media noticed something unusual about the stitching on a coat Melania Trump wore at a 9/11 memorial service.

“Is that a plane crashing into one of the Twin Towers in the back of Melania's coat?!?” was one comment. 

“It legit looks like an object is flying into a tower or the Washington monument,” said another person. 

The first lady wore the coat at a 9/11 ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, last year and the White House posted the image on Twitter Wednesday on the 18th anniversary of the attacks to advertise how citizens could watch the president’s speech on the South Lawn. 

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Melania Trump at 2019's 9/11 service
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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11 : President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a moment of silence beginning at 8:46AM EDT, the time the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday, Sept 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11 : President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a moment of silence beginning at 8:46AM EDT, the time the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday, Sept 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11 : President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk out to participate in a moment of silence beginning at 8:46AM EDT, the time the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday, Sept 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11 : President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a moment of silence beginning at 8:46AM EDT, the time the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday, Sept 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: US President Donald Trump (L1) and First Lady Melania Trump (L2) listen to the national anthem during a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at the Pentagon on September 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chen Mengtong/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: US President Donald Trump (L1) and First Lady Melania Trump (L2) listen to the national anthem during a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at the Pentagon on September 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chen Mengtong/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)
El presidente Donald Trump y la primera dama Melania Trump regresan luego de un minuto de silencio en honor de las víctimas de los ataques del 11 de septiembre de 2001 en el jardín sur de la Casa Blanca, en Washington, el miércoles 11 de septiembre de 2019. (AP Foto/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in a moment of silence honoring the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in a moment of silence honoring the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in a moment of silence honoring the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in a moment of silence honoring the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a moment of silence at a ceremony at the Pentagon during the 18th anniversary commemoration of the September 11 terrorist attacks, in Arlington, Virginia on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Sipa USA
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump salute the flag in front of the Pentagon during the 18th anniversary commemoration ceremony of the September 11 terrorist attacks, in Arlington, Virginia on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Sipa USA
U.S. President Donald J. Trump and first lady Melania Trump observe a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House in commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, in Washington, DC, 9-11-19. (Photo by Martin H Simon/Sipa USA)
U.S. President Donald J. Trump and first lady Melania Trump observe a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House in commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, in Washington, DC, 9-11-19. (Photo by Martin H Simon/Sipa USA)
U.S. President Donald J. Trump and first lady Melania Trump observe a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House in commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, in Washington, DC, 9-11-19. (Photo by Martin H Simon/Sipa USA)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: US President Donald Trump (L1) and First Lady Melania Trump (L2) listen to the national anthem during a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at the Pentagon on September 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chen Mengtong/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: US President Donald Trump (L1) and First Lady Melania Trump (L2) listen to the national anthem during a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at the Pentagon on September 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chen Mengtong/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump observe a moment of silence during a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, on September 11, 2019, at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump come out from the residence to participate in a moment of silence at 8:46AM EDT, the time the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, at the South Lawn of the White House September 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. The nation observed the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump lay a wreath during a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, on September 11, 2019, at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump observe a moment of silence at the White House to mark the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, on September 11, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are joined by survivors, victims’ families, and White House staff as they participate in a moment of silence at 8:46AM EDT, the time the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, at the South Lawn of the White House September 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. Throughout the country services are being held to mark the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack to remember the 2,977 people who were killed in New York, the Pentagon and in a field in rural Pennsylvania. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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President Trump also posted the image on his Twitter together with the caption, “We Will Never Forget.” 

Upon closer look at the stitching, it is clear that what some say is a plane is actually just a button.

The White House is calling the coat flap conspiracy "ridiculous."

Professor Tammy Vigil, the author of “Melania and Michelle: First Ladies in a New Era," said Melania often is subject to more intense scrutiny because of her husband.

“A lot of the response to Melania is a response to her husband and that's not really fair for her,” she said. 

She said Michelle Obama had her critics too and it comes with the job.

“Every first lady is given a raw deal,” she said. “So I think [Melania]'s gotten the same raw deal.”

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A history of Melania Trump's most controversial outfits
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A history of Melania Trump's most controversial outfits

As part of her first solo international trip as first lady, Melania visited Nairobi National Park in a white pith helmet, which drew criticism for its colonial-era past. 

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Melania Trump attended the General Debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations alongside her husband. Her black dress was thought to be a slight towards President Trump as many people on the internet saw her outfit as a gesture of support for sexual assault survivors.

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The Trumps welcomed Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda to the White House in September. The problem? Melania was wearing a wool coat while it was still 80 degrees outside. Furthermore, she didn't remove her coat while dining inside with the Polish first lady, which Twitter deemed not the best hostess tactic. 

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Melania Trump tried her hand at gardening for the second time to plant an Eisenhower Oak at the White House in August. The $4000 skirt and sky-high Louboutin heels she wore to dig soil sent the internet aflame. 

"Melania is launching her new line of Gardening Attire, accompanied by the standard 4-inch heels," joked one Twitter user. 

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FLOTUS stepped out on August 20th in Maryland to promote her Be Best initiative and discuss cyberbullying. To the event, she wore the once-controversial pussy-bow blouse -- the same style she sported during the 2016 presidential debate after the Access Hollywood leak. 

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Arguably her most controversial outfit yet, Melania sported a jacket emblazoned with the words "I Really Don't Care Do You" to visit migrant children separated from their parents in Texas. The Zara jacket retails for $39.

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Melania arrived at POTUS' State of the Union at the start of the new year in a white Dior pantsuit. Many members of Congress chose to wear black in solidarity with sexual assault survivors and in protest of the Trump administration: Melania stood out in all white. 

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Following Ivana Trump's controversial interview in October, Melania donned an emerald green shirtdress from British brand Cefinn to an official visit to Lily's Place to visit with families affected by addiction. It's the first non-profit infant recovery center in the world. 

The dress was designed by former first lady of Britain Samantha Cameron. Is she reminding everyone of her status? 

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Alongside President Trump, FLOTUS arrived in Vegas in October to pay their respects to the 50 victims of the Las Vegas shooting. Her all-black, closed-off look drew some major criticism on Twitter. 

"I'm making a public plea to Melania Trump: stop with the sunglasses (and the heels at disaster areas)," one Twitter user wrote.

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Twitter had a lot to say about this picture of FLOTUS getting down and dirty in the garden established by former first lady Michelle Obama. 

Her $1380 Balmain shirt wasn't the most appropriate choice for the event.

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Though this photo was taken at the White House Congressional Picnic in June, the Trumps tweeted a photo from the event to wish the country a happy Labor Day the following September. 

"We are building our future with American hands, American labor, American iron, aluminum and steel," POTUS wrote. Ironically, Melania's dress was designed by Mary Katrantzou, a Greek-born British designer. Twitter had *a lot* to say. 

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Off to help Hurricane Harvey victims, Melania made headlines when she boarded Air Force One in sky-high stilettos.

"God grant me the serenity not to comment on the shoes," wrote one Twitter user.

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FLOTUS turned heads in a $51,500 floral jacket by Dolce & Gabbana for the G7 summit in Italy. 

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While visiting Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Memorial, Melania sported a white sleeveless dress. Twitter wasn't happy with her sporting bare shoulders at the memorial.

Wrote one user, "Melania cover your arms up, show some respect."

"Geez. The lambasted Michelle Obama for baring her arms and her is Melania Trump in conservative Israel with a sleeveless dress," said another. 

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Just days after President Trump landed in hot water following the leaked Access Hollywood recordings, Melania sported a pussy bow shirt to the second presidential debates.

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