In a now-deleted tweet from Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) announced that an explosion occurred at the “German Dam” in Venezuela and caused widespread electricity outages.
While a transformer explosion did cause massive blackouts, it certainly did not happen at any dam, much less German Dam, who is a journalist and not a water barrier.
Rubio’s deleted tweet:
The reporter’s response:
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
Monday is the fifth day since the power grid went down and most of Venezuela has gone dark.