Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson may be beginning to rise in national polls in just enough time to make the presidential debate cut-off, but after a stunning performance on Thursday’s “Morning Joe,” the former New Mexico governor should truly be worried about the viability of his third party run.
“This is incredible depressing,” MSNBC contributor Elise Jordan, a Johnson supporter, said after the presidential candidate left the MSNBC set. “I think it would be hypocritical of me to support Gary Johnson after I’ve been beating up on Donald Trump for his lack of basic knowledge,” she said, adding, “I don’t know where I’m left.”
Jordan, like her “Morning Joe” colleagues, was left flabbergasted by Johnson’s lack of a response to a very simple question on the Syrian conflict.
“What would you do, if you were elected, about Aleppo,” co-host Mike Barnicle asked Johnson.
“About …;.” Johnson inquired with a puzzled look on his face.
“Aleppo,” Barnicle repeated.
“And what is Aleppo,” Johnson let out with a blank stare.
“No,” Johnson replied plainly.
“Aleppo is in Syria,” Barnicle explained. “It is the epicenter of the the refugee crisis.”
“OK, got it, got it!” Johnson finally said, before offering “that we deal with Syria is to join hands with Russia to diplomatically bring that at an end.”
Watch the incredible exchange below, via MSNBC:
WATCH: Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson asks Mike Barnicle, “What is Aleppo?” https://t.co/BcG5hufHYf
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“I’m incredibly frustrated with myself,” Johnson admitted to Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin in the hallway after his disastrous “Morning Joe” interview.