Arizona Republican hilariously mocked for posting fake photo of Obama and Iranian president
On Monday, far-right Republican Rep. Paul Gosar tweeted a digitally altered photo showing former President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani standing side by side and smiling as they held hands. Gosar, who serves in the U.S. House of Representatives via Arizona’s 4th Congressional District, tweeted, “The world is a better place without these guys in power” — and he is being brutally mocked for his ridiculous post.
First, the photo is obviously a fake: the Obama portion of the photo, according to USA Today, evidently came from Obama’s 2011 meeting with former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (who was replaced with Rouhani in the fake photo). And second, Rouhani is still in power. Although a U.S. military strike killed Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, Rouhani is still serving as Iranian president.
The world is a better place without these guys in power. https://t.co/gDoXQu9vO5— Paul Gosar (@Paul Gosar) 1578340948.0
@DrPaulGosar You thought Iran’s President @HassanRouhani, who’s still in office, was Qasem Soleimani, the assasinat… https://t.co/SiQNak3u2L— Bishop Talbert Swan (@Bishop Talbert Swan) 1578393166.0
After his post, the 61-year-old Gosar (a dentist) was deluged with negative comments from Twitter users. @4everNeverTrump wrote, “That’s a photoshopped picture…. You really are a vile piece of shit.” And @SantaInc asserted, “This is a fake photo and Rouhani is still president of Iran. Stick to fixing teeth.”
@DGComedy tweeted, “This is a fake photo and you should be removed from your Congressional post immediately.” @Waltshaub lamented, “It’s disgusting that a U.S. representative would disseminate misinformation like this,” while @morgan313 posted a photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin and wrote, “chairman of the Republican Party.”
@Rudepundit pointed out how sloppy the Obama/Rouhani alternation was, tweeting, “Whoever photoshopped this didn’t even bother to get rid of the extra thumb in there. A thumb from a whiter hand. Nice job, numbnuts.” And @anthonyzenkus sarcastically posted, “It is widely known that Obama had an extra white thumb, which he often hid.”
@TVietor08 chastised Gosar, “Congrats on being dumb enough to share an obviously photoshopped image!”
@DrPaulGosar That's a photoshopped picture made by a @RonJohnsonWI-linked SuperPAC in 2015. You really are a vile… https://t.co/bYdt6Iz4Nl— Pé (@Pé) 1578343619.0
@DrPaulGosar Congrats on being dumb enough to share an obviously photoshopped image!— Tommy Vietor (@Tommy Vietor) 1578345845.0
@DrPaulGosar This is a fake photo and you should be removed from your Congressional post immediately.— Dana Goldberg (@Dana Goldberg) 1578344577.0
@DrPaulGosar Whoever photoshopped this didn't even bother to get rid of the extra thumb in there. A thumb from a wh… https://t.co/Pqsu3wKZ1b— The Rude Pundit (@The Rude Pundit) 1578345096.0
@rudepundit @DrPaulGosar It is widely known that Obama had an extra white thumb, which he often hid.— Prof Zenkus (@Prof Zenkus) 1578358226.0