Ben Carson -- and Americans in general -- became the joke of the day in Russia on Sunday after the presidential candidate used what appeared to be a fake Joseph Stalin quote during a GOP debate.
"Joseph Stalin said if you want to bring America down, you have to undermine three things: Our spiritual life, our patriotism, and our morality," he said on Saturday, capping a strange debate that had Republican candidates discussing everything from the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to Jeb Bush's mom.
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Unfortunately for Carson, the former leader of the USSR didn't actually say those words, which appeared to instead come from a Facebook meme. Russians thought that was hilarious. Thousands across Twitter, Facebook and Russia's largest social network, Vkontakte, mocked Carson, calling him dumb and ignorant. Some, mostly far-right nationalists, also used extremely racist and offensive slurs to attack the GOP candidate.
Translation: Your face when you want to be the President of the U.S and you are (making up) quotes by Stalin.
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Carson wasn't the only one targeted. Russians saw it as an opportunity to make fun of all Americans. "This is America, where politicians can make up whatever lies they want to," one Russian, Mika Mirova, tweeted. "Savages! Those Americans know nothing, but they intervene everywhere," another Twitter user, Andrey Zubchenko, posted.
@vesti_news Американский букварь: Цель оправдывает средства. Не пойман - не вор.
— Виктор Мирошкин (@vimstory) February 14, 2016
Translation: The American guide book: the goal justifies the means. If you weren't caught, then you are not a thief.
Others mocked Carson by making up their own fake Stalin quotes, and posting them across social media.
— серый камень (@BJLADIMip) February 14, 2016
Translation: Joseph Stalin once said, "I want to open a window with a mouse."
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