The tweet included a U.S. map image that highlighted those particular states – but it’s a map you won’t find in any atlas. Here it is:
The tweet was deleted on November 18, and was also removed from Carson’s Facebook page, but not before The Washington Post snagged an image of that message.
Making the foolishness (okay, stupidity) stand out even more, this map mistake took place right in the middle of Geography Awareness Week. National Geographic initiated this holiday, promoted from November 15 to 21, specifically to improve topographical knowledge around the world.
But if this ignorance from Carson and his campaign staff weren’t enough of a question all by itself, a bigger one would be: where the hell did they get such a flawed map? The likelihood of any graphic-producing company making such a mistake is slim-to-none. That means it’s highly probable that the campaign made its own map. If that’s not the case, the only other reason would be that the flawed map was produced by a foreign company that has no basic knowledge of U.S. topography. And that would mean Carson is giving foreign companies the money he’s raised from his U.S. campaign.