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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.

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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 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.”

CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski also weighed in, “U.S. congressman sharing a fake photo. This photoshopped from Obama meeting India’s prime minister.”

Gosar didn’t see what the big deal was. He responded, “1. To the dim witted reporters like Daniel Medina,
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.”
He continued, “2. The point remains to all but the dimmest: Obama coddled, appeased, nurtured and protected the worlds No. 1 sponsor of terror. The world is better without Obama as president. The world will be better off without Rouhani..”