Republicans Ridiculed for Posting Wrong City Image in RNC Promo

By: Georgia | Published: Jun 06, 2024

The Republican National Convention made a notable mistake by displaying a photo of Ho Chi Minh City instead of Milwaukee on its website. 

This error was identified by a Boston Globe reporter, who pointed out the discrepancy on the social media platform X, leading to significant attention online.

Reporter Discovers the Mistake

Sam Brodey, a national politics reporter for the Boston Globe, brought the issue to light with his post on X, formerly Twitter, saying, “Was on the 2024 GOP convention website and saw it used a background image that… does not look like Milwaukee. Which makes sense because it’s actually a photo of Ho Chi Minh City.” 

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Nighttime aerial view of Ho Chi Minh City showing brightly lit streets and the dense urban landscape along a river

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This post quickly garnered over 560,000 views.

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Rapid Correction by the RNC

After the mistake was highlighted, the Republican National Convention acted quickly to correct the photo on their website. 

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A crowd at the Republican National Convention with many attendees holding "Make America One Again" signs

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The image of Ho Chi Minh City was replaced with the correct image of Milwaukee, where the convention is scheduled to be held.

Democratic National Committee's Response

The error prompted a response from the Democratic National Committee’s rapid response director, Alex Floyd, who criticized the Republican’s knowledge of American geography. 

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Former President Donald Trump speaking at a podium during a rally, with supporters holding signs in the background

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“Maybe if Donald Trump and the RNC actually bothered to have a real campaign operation in Wisconsin, they could tell the difference between Milwaukee and Ho Chi Minh City,” Floyd stated.

Local Political Reaction

The chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Ben Wikler, commented on the situation by sharing an image of a T-shirt that humorously addressed the error.

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smiling man standing in front of a building with a sign in the window that reads "Bienvenidos Vecinos!" and an American flag in the background

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The T-shirt read, “I attended the 2024 RNC convention in Milwaukee, WI, USA,” with “Milwaukee” crossed out and “Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam,” written underneath.

Social Media Commentary

The incident spurred various political commentators and critics to react.

Overhead view of the bustling floor of the Republican National Convention filled with delegates and banners

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Among them, Ron Filipkowski and Bill McKibben used the opportunity to make broader critiques about the Republican Party, with McKibben joking about getting ahead “with the dictatorship thing.”

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Viral Slogan Emerges

Amidst the flurry of comments, Tina Nguyen, a national correspondent at Puck News, coined the phrase “MAKE AMERICA VIETNAM AGAIN.” 

A close-up shot of a red cap with the text "Make America Great Again" embroidered in white

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This captured the absurdity of the situation and went viral on social media platforms.

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Not an Isolated Incident

The Virginia Young Democrats highlighted that this was not the first geographical error by the GOP. 

A fighter jet, possibly a Eurofighter Typhoon, taking off on a runway with mountains in the background

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They recalled a video released by Spirit of Virginia PAC that mistakenly featured an Italian Air Force aircraft while promoting “American Values.”

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Past Missteps with Imagery

This incident adds to a series of past mistakes where inappropriate or incorrect images were used by the GOP. 

Former President Donald Trump smiling onstage at a public speaking event, wearing a blue suit and a red tie

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Previously, an advertisement for Donald Trump’s reelection campaign mistakenly used a stock image of Ukraine to depict American distress.

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Upcoming RNC Event

Despite the embarrassing mix-up, the Republican National Convention is moving forward with its plans. 

Supporters at a Trump 2024 rally holding blue signs that read "TRUMP 2024" with a backdrop displaying the message "Wisconsin is Trump Country."

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The convention is set to nominate Donald Trump as the presidential candidate, which is scheduled to occur shortly after his legal proceedings in New York.

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Trump's Legal Challenges

Donald Trump faces a sentencing hearing in New York for 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, just days before the convention. 

Donald Trump speaking at a podium at a rally, with a sign reading "TEXT WISCONSIN TO 88022" and "TRUMP" prominently displayed in the background

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The legal developments add a complex backdrop to the upcoming political event.

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Trump's Potential Appearance at RNC

As the convention approaches, there is speculation about whether Donald Trump will attend in person, given his legal circumstances and the recent public relations issues faced by the RNC. 

Donald Trump speaking at a podium with a crowd behind him, under a sign stating "Wisconsin is Trump Country," surrounded by supporters wearing red MAGA hats and holding signs.

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This situation remains a point of interest as the event draws nearer.

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