Again! Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential candidate, was asked yet again by a journalist to name a foreign leader. And yet again, it did not go well.
In an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday, Johnson was asked if he knew the name of North Korea’s leader. According to the Times, Johnson responded tersely.
“I do,” he answered, before going on to ask, “You want me to name [the person]. Really?” Really!
Then, instead of naming the infamous North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Johnson pivoted to an attack on Hillary Clinton.
“Because Hillary Clinton can dot the i’s and cross the t’s on geographic leaders, of the names of foreign leaders, the underlying fact that hundreds of thousands of people have died in Syria goes by the wayside,” Johnson said.
Never mind that “geographic leaders” makes no sense, bringing up Syria is a touch awkward for the most hilariously ignorant presidential candidate in the race (which is really saying something).
Johnson’s notorious streak of knowing precisely zilch about foreign policy kicked off in September when the libertarian was asked on live TV what he would do about the besieged city of Aleppo, a flashpoint of Syria’s brutal civil war. In what we can by now call typical Gary Johnson fashion, he responded with a question of his own: “What is Aleppo?”
Can you imagine the kind of guts it takes to be that guy then pivot from from your own ignorance to how Hillary Clinton—a former Secretary of State!—is not competent when it comes to foreign policy?
Weeks after his “Aleppo moment,” Johnson was asked by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews to name a foreign leader he respects. Spoiler: He couldn’t do it! But then things really got awkward: Johnson told Matthews, “I guess I’m having an Aleppo moment.”
While Johnson’s parade of missteps hasn’t dramatically affected his standing in the polls, such that it is, it does appear to have lost him the support of one crucial voter: his running mate, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld.
On the same day that Johnson unsurprisingly dropped the ball in his New York Times interview, Weld told The Boston Globe that he planned to focus the rest of the campaign on doing whatever it takes to stop Donald Trump from becoming president—that effectively means supporting noted ‘i’ dotter and ‘t’ crosser Clinton.