Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel truly did serve in the U.S. Marines.

In a photo used in a campaign ad, Senate candidate Josh Mandel's face was pasted over that of a Black U.S. Marine. 

In April 2022, U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel, R-Ohio, released a new campaign ad that featured video footage of him condemning Critical Race Theory

while standing on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous civil rights march.

While much of the social media chatter around the ad focused on Mandel’s choice of location

other social media users promoted the specious claim that Mandel’s face had been digitally overlaid onto a Black U.S. Marine’s body during a different segment of the ad.