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Did a Man Photobomb Mitch McConnell With a Thumbs-Down Gesture While They Voted?

This isn't exactly what we mean when we refer to a "photo booth."

Published Nov 7, 2018

A photograph shows a man giving Mitch McConnell a thumbs-down from the voting booth.

On the night of the U.S. midterm elections on 6 November 2018, many social media users shared a photograph which purportedly showed a voter expressing his displeasure with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell by giving him a thumbs-down from the voting booth:

This was a genuine photograph of a voter photobombing McConnell with a thumbs-down gesture, although it was snapped during the midterm elections in 2014, not 2018.

This picture was taken by Aaron Bernstein on 4 November 2014 at Bellarmine University and is available via Getty Images along with the following caption:

A voter gestures as Senate Minority Leader U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) votes in the midterm elections at Bellarmine University November 4, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. McConnell is running in a tight race against opponent Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Courier Journal photographer Michael Clevenger also managed to capture that moment:

A video also captured the incident from another angle:


Kulp, Patrick.   "Mitch McConnell Voted Today, And All We Got Was This Perfect Photobomb."
    Mashable.   4 November 2014.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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