Ben Carson’s U.S. Map Misplaced New England

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Is this the kind of change he wants to bring to the country?
Is this the kind of change he wants to bring to the country?

Smack dab in the middle of Geography Awareness Week, Ben Carson’s presidential campaign unwittingly created a teachable moment regarding the placement of the New England states.

Carson’s campaign released an image on Wednesday of the United States, color coded to reflect governors’ positions on accepting Syrian refugees, along with the text, “We’re supporting the majority of our nation’s governors in saying no to Syrian refugees.”

But there was also a hidden statement:”Our graphic designer isn’t sure where to stick Connecticut.” The goofy map made Vermont a coastal state and gave Nutmeggers an impossibly long commute to New York City.

The campaign eventually took down the faulty image and replaced it with a corrected one, but they weren’t quick enough to avoid a few Twitter jokes at their expense.



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