Human gaffe machine and Libertarian candidate for president Gary Johnson just can’t seem to remove his foot from his mouth. On Tuesday, the former governor of New Mexico made appearances on CNN and MSNBC before noon — and managed to mangle his inability to name a foreign leader he admires and lack of geographical knowledge even further.
First, Johnson appeared via satellite on CNN’s “New Day” with Alisyn Camerota, who immediately addressed his recent stumbles. “I just want to ask you about some of the foreign policy flubs that you’ve had publicly lately,” she said. “First, there was the Aleppo moment where you didn’t know what Aleppo was, and then you couldn’t name your favorite foreign leader. What’s going on with you and foreign affairs? How do you explain those moments?”
“Well, Alisyn, what is it five days now after the ‘name your favorite foreign leader,’ and I still can’t do that,” Johnson replied. “Well, why not?” she asked. At this, Johnson grew visibly agitated. “Favorite! Favorite foreign leader!” he yelled:
“I can’t name a — you know, getting involved in politics having never been involved in politics before, I held a lot of people in this country on pedestals. And then I get to meet them up front and personal and I find out that they’re all about getting reelected, that they’re not about issues, that they’re a lot of empty suits that I held up on pedestals. So I’m a real skeptic when it comes to elected leaders. Okay, so I point out an elected leader that I admire and then all of a sudden I’ve gotta defend them against things that I’m not even aware of … If that’s a disqualifier for president, then so be it.”