Marco Rubio’s Tweet About A Transformer Explosion In Venezuela Just Turned Into The Most Awkward Of Face-Palms

Venezuela’s blackout has kept the country in the shadows for the last four days and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has been hard at work relaying what is happening in the country. And it’s nothing short of ‘he said what now?’

He did, of course, say that the power outage is the result of the Maduro regime’s “negligence.”

Point Rubio.

But then he made a blunder when the “German Dam” he said exploded turned out to be the name of a journalist covering a transformer explosion that caused another outage.

“Today another transformer explosion at the German Dam in Bolivar State caused another massive blackout,” Rubio wrote in a now deleted tweet. “The result? Critically ill patients have died, the #Caracas metro remains out of service & few if any flights have arrived at or departed from Caracas in over 20 hours.”

Rubio’s tweet referred to a transformer explosion in the Sidor substation in Guayana, a city in the Venezuelan state of Bolivar.

That story was covered by a journalist named Germán Dam who, contrary to what Rubio might have believed at that moment, is not a real dam.

Those pesky Germans! Look at what they’ve done!

Dam also briefed Rubio on the facts, saying “an important transformer exploded in Bolívar and that, in part, again collapsed the Venezuelan Electric System; however it was not in a dam, much less german.”

We have to admit… that’s hilarious. And people were soon chiming in with a dose of good humor.


The tweet has finally been deleted, but it sure took a while:

Rubio has still not issued a correction or an acknowledgment of the mistake.

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has claimed that the outage is the latest move in an “attack” backed by the White House to topple his administration.

The United States has announced its support for National Assembly President Juan Guaidó, whom the U.S. and other nations recognize as Venezuela’s interim president.

Let’s just say that Rubio’s error is the least of Maduro’s––and Venezuela’s––worries.