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.


Gary Johnson


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.”