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Fact Check-No evidence comment about women attributed to PA Governor candidate Mastriano is authentic

Social media users are claiming that the Republican candidate for Pennsylvania governor Doug Mastriano said that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei “has the right idea of how women should be treated.” But there is no record of Mastriano making this statement.

Examples can be seen (here) and (here).

The text in one post reads: “Doug Mastriano the Republican candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania says the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ali Khamenei has the right idea of how Women should be treated.”

Reuters found no evidence that Mastriano said Khamenei “has the right idea of how women should be treated.”

The statement does not appear on his Twitter page (twitter.com/SenMastriano) or on Politwoops, a database that tracks deleted tweets by public officials (here). It does not appear on his website (senatormastriano.com/op-eds/ , here ).

A Google search reveals no news coverage or results documenting the alleged statement (bit.ly/3SFmOUi), (bit.ly/3BOx8Ts).

A representative for Mastriano told Reuters via email that they “believe this to be an absolute false statement.”

Trump-backed Republican Doug Mastriano has called legal abortion “a national catastrophe” and has promised to push a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy if elected governor.

A supporter of former President Donald Trump's false claims of a stolen 2020 election, who was outside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack, Mastriano also has pledged to take the extraordinary step of requiring people to “re-register” to vote — a move that violates federal law, scholars say - and to decertify certain voting machines (here).

VERDICT

No evidence. There is no evidence that Republican candidate for Pennsylvania governor Doug Mastriano said Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei “has the right idea of how women should be treated.”

Update September 29, 2022: A comment from Mastriano’s representative was added to paragraph 7.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work  here  .         

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