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: