Massachusetts Republican Senate candidate Geoff Diehl published a fake picture of him shaking hands with President Donald Trump, an independent tech lab analysis confirms.
Diehl is running against the staunchly pro-Trump Shiva Ayyadurai with the full weight of the GOP establishment behind him. There’s only one problem: He needs Trump loyalists to vote for him in order to secure his party’s nomination.
On July 8 Diehl published a photo showing him shaking hands with the president. A close look, however, shows an altered photo with a three-handed Trump.
Diehl angrily defended himself in a Facebook comment:
Frank – here is the photo of the President shaking my hand, despite your candidate being on record as saying “Trump refused.” These photos come from my Facebook pages, not some unnamed “eye witness.” Jared, Howie Carr’s producer, took them with my phone. Dan Strange was the security that checked me, Howie and Jared into the basement of the building, at the direction of Corey Lewandowski.
It is actually sick to see you and your candidate push a bizarre lie.
Oh, and after the handshake, the President was talking to me about important points to talk about as I represented him in MA.
Skeptical GOP operatives requested a forensics report on the odd photo. TechFusion examined it and found glaring discrepancies about Trump’s mysterious, disembodied third hand:
“There is no doubt that this photograph has been altered to reflect President Trump shaking hands with Geoff Diehl,” the report concluded.
In an unaltered photo, Diehl offers his hand while Trump looks at him with a scowl.
If Diehl is foolish enough to lie about a botched Photoshop job and a handshake, how on earth does anyone expect him to beat Warren?
The incompetence reminds one of a Jeb Bush Super PAC photoshopping a black man’s hand onto his body and sending this hilarious mailer to 86,000 Iowa voters in 2015.
The real player behind Geoff’s run is Massachusetts’s anti-Trump Republican governor, Charlie Baker, who wants to knock pro-Trump Republicans out of the primaries and let Warren keep her perch in time for 2020 and 2024.
Stay tuned for more.
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