Did Josh Mandel Photoshop Photo With Black Marines? See original

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Josh Mandel speaking at the FreedomWorks Forum for Ohio Republican Senate nominees on March 18, 2022.

After Senate candidate Josh Mandel released a new campaign ad, rumors circulated that a photo showing him with a group of black Marines had been photoshopped. His campaign released the original image to debunk these claims.

The campaign shared the original photo

Politico’s Natalie Allison tweeted the original photo next to the one that appeared in the campaign ad. She said it appeared that Mandel’s campaign did not photoshop his face onto a black man’s body, but instead used a darkening filter that accidentally darkened his hands.

She wrote: “You guys have been asking if Josh Mandel’s campaign photoshopped his head on a black man and I’ve been looking for answers. They didn’t, the campaign says. Apparently a darkening filter was used for the display. Here is the original photo for comparison.”

She then went on to write: “The Mandel Iraq photographers on this platform have a rather strange theory. Is the argument that you believe he didn’t actually serve in Marines that were black? It really doesn’t make much sense… All I want today is for the Mandel photo discourse to stop here. Can we move on to something else please.”

Kevin O’Neil on Twitter pointed out that technically it wasn’t a darkening filter, but instead they increased the contrast because the original photo was in low light.

Snopes also reported that the image was not Photoshopped. Snopes also reported that Mandel enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in 2000 and served on two deployments to Iraq.

The photo was featured in Mandel’s campaign ad

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The photo was part of Mandel’s campaign ad, which you can see above.

The ad included footage of Mandel at Edmund Pettus Bridge, where the Civil Rights March took place on Bloody Sunday, HuffPost reported. Mandel argued in the ad that critical race theory should not be taught in schools.

Mandel quoted Martin Luther King in the ad as saying, “Martin Luther King marched right here so race wouldn’t matter.” Mandel then tweeted, “Thanks @BerniceKing @TheKingCenter for encouraging me to shoot my ad . My visit to Selma was powerful and inspiring and I look forward to coming back and bringing my children with me.”

King’s daughter, Bernice King, tweeted a disagreement with the ad.

She wrote: “Josh: Regrettably, I do not believe that I or @TheKingCenter legitimately motivated you to do this ad as it is against nonviolence and much of what my father taught. I encourage you to study my father/nonviolence fully.”

Mandel replied, “Your father knew the importance of the Second Amendment when he was attempting to exercise his right to self-defense and was wrongly denied a gun license by gunmen.” Firearms ≠ violence. Better study your story @BerniceKing.”

To which King replied, citing her father’s book, writing, “My father’s own words from his book ‘Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story.’ I encourage you to read the whole book.”

According to Mandel’s website, he is running for the Ohio State Senate on a pro-God, pro-gun, and pro-Trump platform.

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