Mexico’s president sparked a social media frenzy over the weekend after he shared a photo of what he claims is an ‘elf’ sitting in a tree.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Saturday took to Twitter to post a photo of a mysterious-looking animal with glowing eyes, along with a photo of sculptures from a Yucatec-Maya archeological site.
‘I share two photos of our supervision of the Mayan Train works: one, taken by an engineer three days ago, apparently from an aluxe; another, by Diego Prieto of a splendid pre-Hispanic sculpture in Ek Balam. Everything is mystical,’ he wrote.
López Obrador, 69, who has more than nine million followers on the social media website, quickly caught the attention of users who began to mercilessly mock him for his post. The tweet was posted just before 6pm Saturday evening and has been retweeted and liked more than 32,000 times.
According to Twitter, the photos López Obrador posted have been viewed by users 4.4 million times. Those users have not been shy when it comes to interacting with the Mexican president’s tweets and claims. Reactions ranged from astonishment to anger over López Obrador so openly posting about a mythical creature, and sharing a story that was quickly debunked.