In the wake of an epic interview fail, Gary Johnson is paying some heat for a major slip on a critical political question: “What would you do, if you were elected, about Aleppo?”
The poor guy didn’t stumble for an answer, he struggled in knowing what the word even meant.
Most people don’t know the details about Aleppo and it’s not that they necessarily have to. However, if you are hoping to be a politician, you should know your current affairs.
First things first: Who is Gary Johnson?
He’s the businessman, author and politician who secured the 2016 Libertarian nomination in the United States. Yes, there are more than Democrats and Republicans in the USA.
Johnson has been active in politics for a couple of decades, spanning from Governor of New Mexico to his current position as leader of the Libertarian Party. In the nomination campaign of 2011, Johnson started out Republican then later that year switched to secure the Libertarian nomination. He did not become president in 2012. He climbed Mount Everest in 2013.
In 2014 and 2015, there were rumours that he was going to run for the Libertarian nomination again. He confirmed these suspicions when earlier this year he left his position as CEO of Cannabis Sativa, Inc. to pursue politics. He seems pretty charming.
The reason why people are currently erupting about Gary Johnson was his naive remarks about Aleppo (see video above). To provide a better understanding as to why this is politically outrageous, we have to understand Aleppo.
Also known as Halab at the north-west tip of Syria. Right now, Syria is a bit of a, well, mess, to quote our friend Gary Johnson. The conflict between the Syrian government and rebel forces, backed by Russia and the United States respectively, is pretty much clashing right in the city. Aleppo, arguably Syria’s largest city before the civil war, is getting heavily bombed from both sides which is why you are seeing a lot of awful images all over the internet. Each side wants to regain control of the territory, but there are still a lot of civilians who live there. Not to mention, both sides have ISIS to worry about.
If you want to learn more about the city and its significance, Vox put together a great list of things to know.
Let’s just say Gary Johnson’s muck up is a BFD as a presidential candidate.