GOP Lawmaker Defends Tweeting Out Doctored Obama Photo
Prior to the last few months, Arizona congressman Paul Gosar was not one of the better known representatives in the country. The lawmaker was, perhaps, best known for having 6 of his siblings release a campaign video urging Arizonians to vote against him. Close to Christmas day, his strange tweet about Hillary Clinton drew a response for former first daughter, Chelsea Clinton.
On Monday afternoon, Gosar, formerly a dentist, decided to weigh in on the current situation between the United States and Iran. He did so, however, by sharing a doctored image of Barack Obama and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani. When called out for his mistake laden and photoshopped post, Gosar defended the tweet.
Earlier today, Gosar shared the picture and wrote, “The world is a better place without these guys in power.”
The world is a better place without these guys in power. pic.twitter.com/gDoXQu9vO5
— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) January 6, 2020
The mistake was almost immediately picked up by journalists. Judd Legum wrote, “1. This photo is fake (photoshopped) 2. The man on the left is Hassan Rouhani, who is still President of Iran 3. It’s embarrassing that you are a United States Congressman.”
1. This photo is fake (photoshopped)
2. The man on the left is Hassan Rouhani, who is still President of Iran
3. It's embarrassing that you are a United States Congressman https://t.co/ikREslNV3K
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 6, 2020
CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski also weighed in, “U.S. congressman sharing a fake photo. This photoshopped from Obama meeting India’s prime minister.”
— andrew kaczynski? (@KFILE) January 6, 2020
no one said this wasn’t photoshopped. No one said the president of Iran was dead. No one said Obama met with Rouhani in person.”