Republican congressman shared a fake picture of Obama and the Iranian president

Adding on to what has been a wild week of political news (and it’s only Monday, folks), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) tweeted a doctored photo of former President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shaking hands.

“The world is a better place without these guys in power,” he wrote with the picture.

Given this past week’s strike on Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, it’s pretty clear that Gosar is mistaking the doctored image of Rouhani for the deceased man.

However, the photo is actually cobbled together from two images–one of which is Obama shaking hands with former Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh, as pointed out in reporter Aaron Blake’s tweet.

Most of the criticism Gosar is receiving online comes not from mistaking Rouhani for Soleimani, but for publishing a doctored photo on his official Twitter account.

“It’s disgusting that a U.S. representative would disseminate misinformation like this,” former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub wrote.

Several users took the opportunity to reference Gosar’s family, who created a television ad encouraging Arizona voters not to vote for him.

One tweet features an image of an empty room with the caption, “Here’s a photograph of all the Gosar family members who love & respect Paul.”

It’s worth noting that tweeting doctored photos is not necessarily against Twitter’s terms of service, unless they are displaying misleading information regarding voting and means of registering to vote.

For his part, Gosar is saying that he knew the photo was edited. He wrote that he stands by his original tweet and that the world will be better off without Obama and Rouhani as presidents.

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Brooke Sjoberg

Brooke Sjoberg

Brooke Sjoberg is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Daily Texan's Life and Arts Editor and an editorial intern for Texas Connect magazine.