Ben Carson’s campaign needs lesson in U.S. geography

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It’s National Geography Week, but the Carson campaign could use a little refresher on the map of the United States.

According to the Washington Post, Republican presidential frontrunner Ben Carson tweeted out an image Tuesday night with a map of the United States, showing which governors were announcing that they would not be taking in any Syrian refugees. But the map had one small problem: Five New England states were in the wrong place.

Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine all moved much further north than their actual locations, and while Vermont and New Hampshire became separated, at least Vermont gained a whole lot of beachfront property. And Maine seems to have taken up residence in Canada.

It was probably just a graphic design error, and the tweets were taken down by the campaign shortly after both news outlets and social media users pointed out the hilarious mistake. Still, during a week created by National Geographic to “raise awareness to this dangerous deficiency in American education,” considering the fact that “too many young Americans are unable to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or even recognize their impacts as global citizens,” this map error was perfectly timed for maximum irony for the Carson campaign.