This morning Governor Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee for President, appeared on Morning Joe and was asked about the crisis in Syria.
Caught off guard for just a moment, Governor Johnson was not sure what was being asked of him. However, right away he gave a clear concise answer to the Syrian crisis but the MSNBC panel would not let it go and spent another 8 minutes bashing the Libertarian nominee for President.
This is a drastic overreaction on the part of MSNBC and the Morning Joe crew. Governor Johnson knew what he was talking about in regards to the Syrian crisis, but failed to remember the name of the city that is considered the epicenter. 99% of the American people probably haven’t even heard of Aleppo including myself who is a pretty smart guy that pays attention to the world affairs.
It was a cheap move by MSNBC to discredit a Third Party candidate for President. A candidate who is turning the two party system on its heels and threatening the power of politicians and media elite like Joe Scarborough. Nevermind that the Republican nominee has bastardized every group of persons in this country and around the world. Nevermind that the Democratic nominee has no idea how to handle classified information. But Gary Johnson isn’t fit to be President because he got tripped up on Aleppo? Give me a break!
Here is Governor Johnson’s statement concerning this line of questioning:
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. 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.
Can I name every city in Syria? No. Should I have identified Aleppo? Yes. Do I understand its significance? Yes.
As Governor, there were many things I didn’t know off the top of my head. But I succeeded by surrounding myself with the right people, getting to the bottom of important issues, and making principled decisions. It worked. That is what a President must do.
That would begin, clearly, with daily security briefings that, to me, will be fundamental to the job of being President.