A picture circulating online over the weekend appeared to show Rep. Elise Stefanik( R-N.Y .) flipping the bird after Friday’s impeachment inquiry.
The alleged photo went viral after being showcased by Twitter user Brian J. O’Malley the day after former envoy to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch certified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives.
” Stefanik posed for this picture as Ambassador Yovanovitch was going a roaring standing ovation after giving testimony yesterday ,” the tweet speak. “NY21 deserves better than this childish loser.”
But as the photo spread, numerous began questioning whether it was even real. When one Twitter user suggested that the idol might be Photoshopped, O’Malley disagreed” as someone who squanders Photoshop daily .”
The photo, however, is entirely fake. And several evidences granted it away.
For starters, as noted by Maddie Anderson, one of Stefanik’s organization, the representative was not wearing fingernail polish during the hearing, as is shown in the photo in question.
Photo evidence: pic.twitter.com/ 0y72UWg5X8— Maddie Anderson (@ MaddieWAnderson) November 16, 2019
Secondly, footage of the alleged minute shows that Stefanik never met such a gesture.
A side-by-side of the original idol and the doctored photo too began constituting rounds on Twitter.
Sharing a doctored photo of a Member of Congress just because you don’t like her politics is disgusting. @BrianJOMalley here is your garbage tweet poems the REAL photo. Shameful. pic.twitter.com/ hZC9B 6ZjvX— Calli Norton (@ CalliNorton) November 16, 2019
George Conway, who is the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, likewise reportedly shared the photo.
Sharing doctored photos and calling a female member of Congress ” scum .”— Matt Whitlock (@ mattdizwhitlock) November 16, 2019
All in a epoches work for @gtconway3d.
( Second screenshot courtesy of @JerryDunleavy — George has since removed it but not before spreading it to hundreds of thousands in numerou tweets) pic.twitter.com/ uF9bBrsuIV
O’Malley, Conway, and several others who shared the photo eventually removed their tweets.
” I took down the picture after of Stefanik after someone pointed me to a graphic artist who had it on his timeline as an example of his’ office, ‘” O’Malley tweeted.
I made down the picture after of Stefanik after someone pointed me to a graphic artist who had it on his timeline as an example of his “work.” I won’t defamed him here.— Brian J. O’Malley (@ BrianJOMalley) November 16, 2019
I take responsibility for it as it was my tweet. It glanced real to me, because of a number of factors,( more)
O’Malley too rationalized to Stefanik in subsequent tweets, although such other representatives did not respond.
@EliseStefanik I erroneously announced an image of you that I guessed was real. I removed the epitome after it was exposed as a fake.— Brian J. O’Malley (@ BrianJOMalley) November 16, 2019
I take full responsibility for what I did. I’ve invest the last 2 hours defending to all who saw it.
I apologize to you most of all for my mistake
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