In an excruciatingly embarrassing exchange with MSNBC anchors, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson asked “What is Aleppo?” when discussing the Syrian refugee crisis. Video of the interview has gone viral with critics saying Johnson is done and must now drop out of the race to save face.
Johnson looked absolutely stumped when asked “What would you do about Aleppo?” by Panelist Mike Barnicle.
“You’re kidding,” replied Barnicle after Johnson asked him to explain what Aleppo is.
“OK, got it got” a clearly crushed Johnson said after Barnicle explained that it is the epicenter of the Syrian refugee crisis.
Johnson later attempted some pathetic damage control, stating “I do understand Aleppo, and I understand the crisis that is going on.”
“This morning, I began my day by setting aside any doubt that I’m human. Yes, I understand the dynamics of the Syrian conflict — I talk about them every day,” Johnson said in a statement. “But hit with ‘What about Aleppo?’ I immediately was thinking about an acronym, not the Syrian conflict. I blanked. It happens, and it will happen again during the course of this campaign.”
“I feel horrible,” Johnson told Mark Halperin of Bloomberg Politics. “I have to get smarter, and that’s just part of the process.”
But it is too late. For a third tier Presidential candidate asking to be involved in debates on foreign policy, this is fatal.
Hillary Clinton addressed Johnson’s mess up in her latest ‘press conference’, saying “Well, you can look at the map and find Aleppo.”
Aleppo has been trending all day on Twitter, along with calls for Johnson to quit:
Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson seems to have missed the last five years of U.S. foreign policy. https://t.co/cfF1Y2B0U2
— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) September 8, 2016
Gary Johnson voters right now pic.twitter.com/IaPTsZzrtv
— SwiftOnSecurity (@SwiftOnSecurity) September 8, 2016
Gary Johnson just made more people pay attention to Syria than anyone else in the presidential field has. pic.twitter.com/ANagKDgE9j
— Tom Scocca (@tomscocca) September 8, 2016
I actually respect Gary Johnson a great deal, but this is disqualifying.
Painfully aloof. https://t.co/PuXupWKI1A
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 8, 2016
Seriously, Gary Johnson should drop out today. You can’t be that unqualified & uneducated & also impacting the race.
— (((Touré))) (@Toure) September 8, 2016
— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) September 8, 2016
Here, I liken Gary Johnson to the Titanic, if the Titanic had blown up while it was sinking. https://t.co/ypBDK6XdD1
— Philip Bump (@pbump) September 8, 2016
Gary Johnson's chance of being elected president just went from zero to zero
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) September 8, 2016
— Brett Daigle (@BrettDDaigle) September 8, 2016
Gary Johnson didn't Know where Allepo was…embarrassing…he needs to quit now…moron
— Dr. D (@EricDarrell) September 8, 2016
Johnson ended up on The View, and said that if people see his mishap as disqualifying “then so be it”.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 8, 2016
Wow, strong defense there Gary.
Earlier this week Infowars warned that Johnson was not a viable Presidential contender:
NEW VIDEO: Gary Johnson is a Complete Idiot – https://t.co/AbkuQgAQ74
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) September 6, 2016
Although he has zero chance of winning, Johnson could have taken enough votes away from Trump in key states to ensure a Hillary Clinton victory.
Johnson, who calls himself an advocate of small government, also has highly questionable ‘libertarian’ principles.
He wants to give the government the power to forcibly inject your children at gunpoint if necessary.
He also wants to implement a massive government carbon taxing scheme enforced by a gigantic, onerous centralized bureaucracy,
Johnson has also pledged support to black lives matter, a group whose public platform has all the specific hallmarks of marxism – the exact opposite of libertarianism.
Johnson supports the TPP, a globalist trade deal that even Hillary had to back away from. TPP is not just big government, it’s global government – on steroids.
As Governor of New Mexico, Johnson, the so-called fiscal libertarian, inherited a debt of $1.8 billion and left a debt of $4.6 billion.
None of these policies are libertarian.
Gary Johnson isn’t a libertarian – he’s a social justice warrior posing as a libertarian, He’s a phony, and now he should definitely quit.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com