Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson could not namea single living foreign leader at a town hall on Wednesday night.
During the town hall on MSNBC, hostChris Matthews asked,
Whos your favorite foreign leader? Just name any one.
Johnsons running mate,Bill Weld, said his was Shimon Peres: the former Israeli president and prime minister who died this week.
Matthews rejected that answer, saying,
Im talking about living.
Johnson struggled for a moment, then said,
I guess Im having an Aleppo moment in the former president of Mexico.
Johnson was referring to formerMexican president Vicente Fox.
He was also referring to a moment a few weeks ago when he was asked what he would do about Aleppo, which isa city in Syria thats facing a massamount of destruction due to the ongoing war there. Johnson responded to that question by asking what Aleppo is.
Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) September 8, 2016
These are obviously both bad looks.
Syria is arguably the biggest global conflict that our country is struggling to be involved with, along with Russia and Turkey (and really, any country dealing with refugees).
Similarly, being able to nameliterally any foreign leader you like shouldnt be a hard task especially if yourerunning for president of the United States of America.
Much like the Aleppo slip, this clip is very difficult to watch. Its super awkward and awful.
But Johnson currently has a ton of support from our Millennial generation. Over a third of 18 to 29-year-olds said they would vote for him or Green Party candidate Jill Stein, according to the latest poll from New York Times/CBS.
Given that we make up a massive voting block, thats a big deal.
Now though, thanks to Johnsons two major slips, people all over the internet are making fun of Millennials for supporting this dude.
I’m beginning to think millennials know as much about Gary Johnson as he knows about foreign leaders.
jasoncherkis (@jasoncherkis) September 29, 2016
Hey millennials thinking of voting for Gary Johnson? You really should Google his history and policy ideas before you make that mistake.
Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) September 29, 2016
This is the guy Millennials are thinking about supporting? Really? | Gary Johnson has another ‘Aleppo moment’ https://t.co/dBhu5uMcfz
Chris Levesque (@mil_historicus) September 29, 2016
Maybe millennials love Johnson because he’s the most intense cringe comedy in town https://t.co/FmgYsBgZ5Z
Ashton Kittredge (@AshtonKittredge) September 28, 2016
The average person on the street knows at least one foreign leader’s name, but not Gary Johnson, right on millennials
Judith Blaustein (@swaseygirl) September 29, 2016
Old people are generally assholes about our generation, so this reaction isnt totally unexpected. Weve heard this kind ofcondescension before.
Of course, its not our fault if some 63-year-old guy says some dumb stuff. But it IS our fault if we vote for someone without really thinking about it.
So, you know, think about it.
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