Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson’s campaign has been struggling in its quest to reach the 15 percent polling threshold for inclusion in the presidential debates. After his flub on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, the goal post may just have been moved out of reach.
The former New Mexico Governor was asked by Political commentator Mike Barnicle, “What would you do if you were elected about Aleppo?”
The presidential candidate replied: “And what is Aleppo?”
It led to disbelief among the panel:
Barnicle: You’re kidding.
Barnicle: Aleppo is in Syria. It is the epicenter of the refugee crisis.
Johnson: OK, got it, got it.
Watch the cringeworthy exchange below:
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Aleppo is, of course, a major city in Syria that has been ravaged by the civil war and is currently the front lines in the battle against ISIS. To not understand its significance – or even be aware of its existence – reveals something deeply troubling about Johnson’s foreign policy chops.
That was bad – like really bad. However, it seems to just get worse. I think it’s safe to say that Gary Johnson is having a VERY BAD day.
Mark Halperin, managing editor of Bloomberg Politics caught the candidate after the interview for a few follow-up questions and somehow, Johnson seems to come off even worse than in the original interview. (How is that even remotely possible?)
In a whirlwind of complete flustered awkwardness, he basically parrots Barnicle’s words, but tosses them out in what can only be described as a Palinesque word salad.
After being pressed for how he feels about the blunder, Johnson concedes, “I feel horrible” and “I have to get smarter.”
Watch Gary Johnson’s disastrous follow-up to his “What is Aleppo?” gaffe, here:
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