“What is Aleppo?” This is the statement that has officially killed any presidential or political credibility for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. On an interview with MSNBC, Johnson completely butchered a foreign policy question about how he would handle the civil war in Syria. The continuing bloody battle for Syria’s biggest divided city, Aleppo, has been in the news in recent weeks.
Here is the cringeworthy transcript of the exchange:
MSNBC interviewer: “What would you do, if you were elected, about Aleppo?”
Johnson: “About Aleppo… And what is Aleppo?”
MSNBC interviewer: “You’re kidding?”
MSNBC interviewer: “Aleppo is in Syria. … It’s the epicenter of the refugee crisis.”
Johnson: “OK, got it. Got it.”
Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico, has been desperately attempting to turn the two major candidates’ (Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton) low approval ratings to his favor for the presidential election. However, this gaffe may be the nail in the coffin, proving Johnson does not have the leadership experience to lead the country.
In a statement following the MSNBC interview, Johnson explained his mistake about Aleppo was due to him thinking of an acronym and not the Syrian war. Regardless, considering Aleppo’s significance, Johnson’s credibility may officially be laid to rest.
Video below of the embarrassing moment:
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