Gary Johnson has been running a pretty good campaign, especially on the ‘third party’ level. He has been, if nothing else, consistent in the polls and even rising in some. A few states have him in double digits well beyond the 15 percent threshold he needs to get in the debates. Unlike Green Party candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, Johnson is actually on the ballot in all 50 states — meaning people can actually vote for him if they so choose.
This morning, Johnson went on MSNBC’s Morning Joe for what should have been a pretty stock interview. He was brought on to give his take on the Commander In Chief forum that was shown on NBC and MSNBC last night. Johnson launched into a lot of cliche type answers that one would expect from a non-interventionist-libertarian type. Johnson spoke of how he believed the two major parties had not served the people well for various reasons — nothing too unusual, just the usual stump speech kind of fodder.
Mike Barnicle then asked Johnson a pretty basic question. A question that any Presidential candidate should be able to answer — especially if they were on a morning show the morning after a forum on foreign policy and matters of the conflicts we are currently involved in,
“Choke’ is too much an understatement in regards to Johnson’s answer.
1st, the question;
Barnicle: ‘What would you do, if elected, about Aleppo?’
Johnson: ‘What is Aleppo?’
Barnicle and pretty much everyone else in the room was visibly stunned. Barnicle even remarked ‘You’re kidding?’ Johnson sat cluelessly in this chair.
Aleppo is pretty much the epicenter of the conflict in Syria and the sight of much death and destruction. It is the center of the refugee crisis. One might call it the ‘capital of ISIS.’ It isn’t even a ‘what’ but a ‘where’ and it’s the ‘who’ that matters there. Johnson came off more like Spicoli from Fast Times At Ridgemont High than anything resembling a serious Presidential candidate.
Does this disqualify Johnson from being taken seriously in this race? Will this affect his poll numbers and cause him not to be considered to be in the debates which begin later this month.
Check out the jaw-dropping clip below;
After Johnson’s stunning lack of basic knowledge here, host Joe Scarborough seemed to ‘twist the screws’ into Johnson bringing up Johnson’s desire to slash the military budget. Johnson tried to dodge Joe’s question before finally answering that he would shut down 20 percent of U.S. military bases. A lot of people in a lot of small towns that depend on military business might not be very pleased with such a drastic plan.
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