FACT CHECK: Does This Photo Show Gov Brian Kemp Posing With Gregory McMichael?
An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp posing with Gregory McMichael, who has been charged along with his son for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.
The photo shows Kemp posing with James Stachowiak, whom the Council on American-Islamic Relations called a “violent anti-Muslim extremist.”
Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael were recently charged with murder and aggravated assault for the February shooting death of Arbery, an unarmed young black man, in Brunswick, Georgia. The charges came after footage of the shooting circulated on social media, prompting a national outcry for action on the case.
The Facebook post, which features an image of the governor posing with a man wearing an “Allah is not God” shirt, attempts to link Kemp to the elder McMichael.
“Ahmaud Arbery’s Killer Gregory McMichael sling (sic) side GA’s Governor Brian Kemp,” the caption partly reads. “Kemp says he wants to bring justice to Ahmaud’s family … yeah okay!” (RELATED: Were These Trees Cut Down To ‘Make Way For 5G’?)
But the man pictured with the governor is not McMichael. When the photo of the man is compared to McMichael’s publicly available mugshot, that fact becomes clear.
The Daily Caller News Foundation ran a reverse image search and found the photo in a 2018 article from local Georgia outlet WXIA. The article, titled “Kemp distances himself from ‘extremist’ supporter wearing ‘Allah is not God’ shirt,” identifies the man as Stachowiak.
Kemp faced criticism for the photo after it surfaced during his gubernatorial campaign in 2018. He denied knowing Stachowiak, saying to reporters, “On these bus tours you can see (supporters) take hundreds of pictures you know – sometimes a day — and I certainly don’t agree with his extreme views,” according to WXIA.
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