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Marco Rubio has been an outspoken critic of the Venezuelan government.

And this weekend, he commented on widespread power outrages which are wreaking havoc across the country.

In a tweet, Rubio referred to a transformer explosion at the "German Dam in Bolivar State".

The only problem? There is no German Dam.

Rubio was right to say a transformer exploded in a city in Bolivar, but it didn’t happen at a dam.

Instead, the explosion was reported by the journalist Germán Dam – who is a person, not a real dam…

To Rubio’s credit, he still hasn’t deleted the original tweet – which is good news because it just gets funnier the more you look at it.

The online response has been a mixture of people enjoying the stupidity of the tweet and despairing at the fact that Rubio is a two-term US senator.

The German Dam wasn’t the only dam under threat…

It’s easy to forget that just a few years ago, some people thought Rubio had a good shot of becoming the president.

But then again, the president is Donald Trump – so the bar isn’t especially high.

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