(Update 12:33 AM: She exists! Although she reached out to me earlier in the day, for some reason she went with The New York Times instead.)
(Update 10:44 PM - This is not the first time Trump has blamed Meredith McIver for something:
At about 7:30, Meredith McIver wrote us saying she will get in touch soon. We will update again if she does.)
On July 20, Meredith McIver, a 65-year-old "in-house staff writer at the Trump Organization," accepted blame for Melania Trump's plagiarized speech, but now newspapers are questioning her very existence. Others speculate someone with that name exists, and they’re being used as a scapegoat, voluntary or not. (Her letter included an offer of resignation, but Trump “refused” it.) Why the skepticism? Well, Donald Trump has a known habit of making up people to fool the press. Besides that, her Facebook page was also created on July 20:
The only post on her page is her apology on Trump Org. stationary:
This Twitter account appears to be hers, but the first tweet is also from today, mocking the plagiarism scandal.
Furthermore, using the Wayback Machine, it becomes clear that her profile on Speakerpedia—a public speakers directory—was also created on July 20.
The Trump camp might want to delete that profile, however, because someone got into it:
In fact, her profile on All-American Speakers was created and deleted on July 20:
Her Wikipedia page was also created today.
She has existed in one form or another for a while, however. She's listed as the co-author on several Trump books. She was mentioned as an assistant in a 2007 Guardian article about Trump. The New York Daily News reported the most biographical details about McIver on July 20, saying she was a 65-year-old Democrat living on New York's Upper West Side who formerly worked on Wall St, and...
...was originally from San Jose, Calif., was a Ford Foundation scholar at 14 and also claimed to have been a dancer who trained at George Balachine's School of American Ballet.
So why is this the only other photograph of Meredith, one that was apparently deleted from Wikipedia already?
There is one person who claims to know her personally, although it's not helping.
Of course it's Piers Morgan. But did he actually meet her? No.
Does someone named Meredith McIver exist? Probably. Maybe. Who knows? Maybe if Donald Trump didn't want this speculation, he shouldn't have invented John Barron and John Miller. Because otherwise, we're just left with this: