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#EndorseThis: Gary Johnson Can’t Name Favorite Foreign Leader, Calls It Another ‘Aleppo Moment’

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#EndorseThis: Gary Johnson Can’t Name Favorite Foreign Leader, Calls It Another ‘Aleppo Moment’

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Third-party candidate Gary Johnson now has a stock term available that we guess he’ll use each time he is asked a perfectly reasonable question for a presidential candidate and can’t answer. He’ll call it another “Aleppo moment.”

In case you’ve managed to forget, in the middle of an interview a few weeks ago, Johnson asked the crew at Morning Joe “What is Aleppo?” In case you didn’t hear about that at the time, go ahead and digest it now: a man that wants to run for the highest office in the U.S. didn’t know what Aleppo was.

Johnson has just had another such moment at a town hall hosted by Chris Matthews. He was asked who his favorite leader is. Johnson couldn’t name, well, anyone. You read that right: Johnson couldn’t even name one foreign leader.

His explanation? “I guess I’m having an Aleppo moment.”

Even weirder? Johnson’s moment of sticking his tongue out at a reporter because…well, we have no idea why he did that.

Watch below, but be careful – it’s cringeworthy:

Photo and video via MSNBC/Twitter




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  2. Wrily September 29, 2016

    NOT a reasonable question. Who thinks of foreign leaders in terms of favorites. Changing the question after it’s been answered is not reasonable, either. Name a foreign leader would be a reasonable question and include the “still living” requirement with the question when first asked.

    Chris Matthews claims to just cover the news, but he plays politics all the time. This was just another example. Shame on you Chris and shame on MSNBC for the blatant politicking.

    1. dpaano September 29, 2016

      I think it’s a valid question to ask someone who is running for the presidency!!! He should have SOME knowledge of the foreign leaders; after all, he’s going to have to deal with them if he’s elected (fat chance)!

      1. Wrily September 29, 2016

        Do you think it is important that the president rank foreign leaders in terms of their favorites?

        1. dpaano September 29, 2016

          He wasn’t talking to the president…..he was asking a candidate. If the candidate doesn’t even know any names of the foreign dignitaries, then he’s not qualified to be president! AND, he didn’t ask him to “rank” them, only to name a favorite.

          1. Wrily September 29, 2016

            Why won’t you answer my valid question?

          2. dpaano September 30, 2016

            I believe I DID answer your question. He wasn’t asking the president to rank foreign leaders…..he was asking an independent candidate. There’s a BIG difference.

          3. Wrily September 30, 2016

            Okay, I got your number.

          4. Wrily September 29, 2016

            Favorite implies ranking. Tell me you get that.

  3. Jon September 29, 2016

    Come on. Give the man a break. He’s only running to be POTUS. Hasn’t Trump already established that you can run for POTUS and not know very much about anything that would make you qualified for the job. Trump never knew what the nuclear triad was during the primary debates and, knowing his aversion to learning, may still not know. It was clear during Monday night’s debate that he didn’t know what 1st Strike meant with respect to nuclear weapons. He mostly babbled nonsense but at one point said he was against 1st Strike but later said he wasn’t taking anything off the table. Nothing like having it both ways about a subject you know nothing about. He has repeatedly shown his ignorance of constitutional law and the functions and structure of government, and flat out lies to support baseless claims he makes. At last Johnson knows he made mistakes. Trump hasn’t made a mistake in 70 years.

  4. dpaano September 29, 2016

    I have NO doubt that he won’t even place in the nominations! Anyone who is voting for him instead of for Hillary has a REAL problem. But, it’s their right to vote for whomever they wish….after all, Trump isn’t any more informed than this guy!

  5. patrick g van meter September 29, 2016

    This is a good thing. We should mind our own business. The new Prez. will get to know these people soon enough. He will wish he didn’t when he realizes most of them don’t like us. You can be sure they all know who we are and mostly not for the good deeds we have done. Libertarians are right on this. Clean up the mess in the US first.

  6. Elizabeth Garris September 29, 2016

    Don’t you get it? Johnson is a POTHEAD! Pot affects memory. Here is more of what it does: Marijuana-induced memory impairment is similar to dementia, and creates a sort of chemically induced Alzheimer’s, greatly lessening our mental acuity and ability to think positively and purposefully. “Dope” is right: pleasantly euphoric and hungry, but significantly cognitively impaired. Oh, and he also wants you to “Feel the Johnson”. Thanks, Gary, but I’ll pass!

  7. Elizabeth Garris September 29, 2016

    The president of the United States can’t “mind his own business” We are the leader of the free world and has to be very aware of other countries, their intentions, their leaders, etc. This is not a learn as you go program–although looking at Gary (feel my Johnson) Johnson, you would think so. He needs to go sit in a corner and fry what is left of his brain on more pot. Groovy dude.

  8. OverthecliffRepublicans September 29, 2016

    More evidence that Gary Johnson is flaky and uniformed.

    1. RightThinkingOne September 30, 2016

      It appears that he will get many millennial votes. That is great because that will siphon off votes to Hillary who is promising a whole bunch of “free” stuff for which they would otherwise vote. You know, “free” college tuition, “free” medical care, blah, blah, blah.

      1. dpaano September 30, 2016

        She isn’t promising “free” stuff…..she said during the debate that she’s lowering the interest rates on college loans for students whose parents make less than $250,000. I don’t think that means “free.” And, she never said ANYTHING about “free” medical care. She mentioned that she wanted to tweek Obamacare and get rid of the major problems that it has been having, especially with pharmacy prices. You need to pay more attention to what she’s saying instead of just closing your ears and listening only to what you want to hear!
        By the way, have you read her 200+ page booklet about what she would like to do as president and how she plans on accomplishing it? You might try to be a little more informed before you go off on tangents parroting the BS that comes from the other side! At least she HAS some plans and policies, unless someone else in that debate!

        1. RightThinkingOne October 2, 2016

          Read what I wrote. The article was about Bernie and how he is getting what he wants from her. Read this, for example:
          “Hillary Clinton Expanding College Plan to Offer Free Tuition to Millions
          Plan is a modified version of what Sen. Bernie Sanders pushed during his presidential campaign”

          Read her NEW COLLEGE COMPACT, first proposed last year.

          1. dpaano October 3, 2016

            And read what I wrote….if you listened to the debate, she CLEARLY said that she would lower interest rates for student loans on families making less than $250,000. There was NOTHING said about free tuition.

          2. RightThinkingOne October 3, 2016

            Wall Street Journal, August 14, 2016:
            “Hillary Clinton, who prides herself on the details of public policy, has said little about what is now the most ambitious and expensive proposal on her agenda: making public college tuition free for most Americans.”

            Atlantic Monthly, August 18, 2016:
            “If tuition is eliminated at public universities for families with income up to $125,000, as Clinton has proposed”

        2. RightThinkingOne October 2, 2016

          She DID try to get “free” medical care when the lascivious, adultering BillyBob was president. It was stopped, primarily by the efforts of Rush Limbaugh, by the way. It would have been single-payer/universal healthcare, taken over by the government.

      2. OverthecliffRepublicans September 30, 2016

        Hillary pays for her spending with higher taxes on the wealthy.

        1. RightThinkingOne October 2, 2016

          She will wind up driving companies overseas. And the successful will be able to do what they normally – and should – do during these attacks on their possessions: Put money into assets that are not taxed on the increase in value, like gold, silver, land, etc.

          1. OverthecliffRepublicans October 3, 2016

            Ayn Rand garbage doesn’t belong on the National Memo website.

          2. RightThinkingOne October 3, 2016

            I have heard about Rand, and know a bit about her. I never read her books, but agree with the position taken by the National Review, elucidated by Whittaker Chambers.

            You make comments about Rand, so I assume you are conversant with that position, of course.

        2. dpaano October 3, 2016

          That’s funny…..the wealthy generally pay very little taxes as it stands!!!

  9. bhaggen September 29, 2016

    It was a perfect politically correct answer to a stupid question. If he chooses May, Merkel, Hollande, Trudeau, & Pena would be insulted.

    1. dpaano September 30, 2016

      I agree….it WAS a stupid question, but a presidential candidate should at least KNOW some of the names of the important foreign dignitaries that he/she would have to be dealing with during his/her presidency, don’t you think?

      1. bhaggen September 30, 2016

        Not really; after all, the current President “inadvertently” said there were 53 states in the U.S. I’m an immigrant (legal) & I find that most Americans know didley squat about THIS country & how IT works, let alone much else. Sad, really.

        1. dpaano October 3, 2016

          Yeah, you got me on that one…..but still, he should at least have SOME knowledge of foreign policy….he didn’t even know what “Aleppo” was!

          1. bhaggen October 4, 2016

            I’m more informed than most, but to be honest, I thought “Aleppo” was a leper colony on Molokai…..My bad!

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