Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson was seemingly stumped Thursday morning on a fundamental question about the Syrian civil war – a stumble that comes as he tries to make his case for being included in the upcoming presidential debates.
Asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” what he would do about Aleppo – the major Syrian city that has been a stronghold for opposition forces and under siege by Bashar Assad’s government – Johnson responded: “And what is Aleppo?”
Journalist Mike Barnicle responded, “You’re kidding.”
Johnson said he was not, and Barnicle explained, “Aleppo is in Syria. … It’s the epicenter of the refugee crisis.”
“Okay, got it,” Johnson said, and went on to call Syria a “mess.”