Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson: “What is Aleppo?”
If you’re not happy choosing between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, you won’t find much better among the two main third-party candidates this election. Representing the Green Party is Jill Stein, who panders to anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists, believes nuclear power plants are “weapons of mass destruction,” and thinks Wi-Fi is bad for people’s brains. A warrant was issued for her arrest yesterday for charges of alleged vandalism and trespassing at a North Dakota construction site during a protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Ranking a few points above her in the polls is Gary Johnson, who represents the Libertarian Party. Conservatives who won’t consider Donald Trumpa true conservative will find themselves closely aligned with Johnson on fiscal, but not social, issues. Johnson’s VP Bill Weld is pro gun control and endorsed Obama in 2008, while Johnson recently was practically triggered when an interviewer dared use the term “illegal immigrant.”
Donald Trump has been criticized for his lack of foreign policy experience, while Hillary Clinton has been criticized for her disastrous foreign policy record. This morning, Johnson made one of his first major gaffes this campaign, giving him the appearance of cluelessness on foreign policy matters.
And with just three words, he may have effectively taken him out of the running (if he ever had a chance to begin with).
Via NBC News:
Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential candidate, apparently does not know what Aleppo is. Asked on Wednesday’s “Morning Joe” what he would do if elected president about the city in Syria at the center of the refugee crisis, Johnson earnestly asked: “What is Aleppo?”“You’re kidding me,” responded Mike Barnicle, who had asked the question, and then began to explain what Aleppo is to the candidate.