U.S. Rep. Jared Polis is so desperate to prove that Colorado voters want him to be the Democratic nominee for governor that he staged this outrageously misleading photo op while turning in his petitions to the Secretary of State’s office this week.

We don’t believe for a minute those eight boxes are filled even halfway with petitions bearing 33,000 signatures.

So we gathered a team of highly trained specialists (Office Depot) to determine if what Polis has presented us with is photographic fake news.

The results: Laughably fake.

Fake, fake, fake, fake, fake.

Even tf the petitions were just tossed in haphazardly, it would have only required two boxes at the most, experts say.

Here’s why: A standard box of paper like those shown in the picture contains 10 reams holding 500 sheets of paper — that’s 5,000 pieces of paper per box.

The same holds true for legal size paper used for petition gathering. A single petition page holds about 30 signatures. That means the number of signatures gathered for Polis required about 1,100 sheets of paper.

However, those eight boxes presented in the photo can hold 40,000 sheets of paper.

Distributed equally, each box in this photo would contain about 138 sheets of paper — less than one ream of paper.

So the final mathematical solution is: Polis + killing the rain forest for empty paper boxes = climate change disaster.

We challenge the Secretary of State’s office to prove us wrong. Show us what was inside the boxes!