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.”
The worst electricity & telecommunications blackout in #Venezuela history’s going on 48 hours.
A blackout caused by #MaduroRegime negligence. A load rejection issue knocked out the Guri-Malena transmission line & led to multiple transformer explosions.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 9, 2019
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.
— TVVenezuela Noticias (@TVVnoticias) March 9, 2019
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.”
Senator @marcorubio, 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.
My name is Germán Dam, I am one of the journalists who published the information.
— Germán Dam (@GEDV86) March 9, 2019
We have to admit… that’s hilarious. And people were soon chiming in with a dose of good humor.
I would like to apologize on behalf of the State of Florida for Marco Rubio.
— Carlos Hernandez (Carlos Eats) (@carloseats) March 10, 2019
Im saddened to hear of your explosion @GEDV86. Here’s to a speedy recovery.
— Underscore (@CorchIrvinMeyer) March 10, 2019
Sorry he misquoted you but this is hilarious. And a sad statement about our political leaders.
— Mark Guncheon (@MARK_Gu) March 10, 2019
Good reporting, Germán. Have to apologize for our statesmen. We don't send our best, unfortunately.
— Clay Jones (@coolarrow9) March 10, 2019
Kind of hard to take you seriously when you can’t understand basic concepts like the difference between inanimate objects and real people. 😂
— Zach (@zac_smith1) March 10, 2019
Those freakin’ Germans, right?
— Ben Hughes 🏳️🌈 (@ObviouslyBen) March 10, 2019
The tweet has finally been deleted, but it sure took a while:
How is this still not deleted? You thought German Dam, a journalist, was an ACTUAL dam. You, a sitting US Senator from my state, literally spread fake news. You were corrected by the journalist, whose name is GERMAN DAM. Yet, here it is, still. Bottomless depths of ineptitude.
— Carter Gaddis (@DadScribe) March 10, 2019
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.
El Sistema Eléctrico Nacional ha sido objeto de múltiples ataques cibernéticos que ocasionaron su caída y han impedido los intentos de reconexión nacional. Sin embargo, hacemos grandes esfuerzos para, en las próximas horas, restaurar el suministro de forma estable y definitiva. pic.twitter.com/C1dJGuWxSD
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) March 10, 2019
The United States has announced its support for, 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.