After Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson kicked off Thursday’s news cycle by asking, “What is Aleppo?” during an interview on “Morning Joe,” the Syrian city appeared among Twitter’s trending topics all day, generating nearly 200,000 tweets so far and showing no sign of slowing down.
Johnson has since released a statement explaining that he blanked, thinking Aleppo was an acronym of some sort, and that the gaffe simply proves that he’s only human — not that there was any doubt. For further reassurance, Johnson added that when he’s president, he’ll catch up quickly with the help of his daily security briefing, where he can ask, “What is Aleppo?” and not be ridiculed for it.
— Gov. Gary Johnson (@GovGaryJohnson) September 8, 2016
— Ashley Killough (@KilloughCNN) September 8, 2016
Sen. Lindsey Graham wasn’t the only one who thought that blanking on Aleppo wasn’t helping the libertarian pet cause of marijuana legalization.
— mike (@FactsDontCare27) September 8, 2016
— Labrodabbits 4 Trump (@TrumpsShlong) September 8, 2016
— william morrison (@wigyman) September 8, 2016
— Robert Whelan (@whelfam) September 8, 2016
— Man Of Renown (@man_of_renown) September 8, 2016
— Durable Crackers (@whiteantifrgile) September 8, 2016
Actually, a lot of people were perfectly mellow with Johnson’s explanation, and found his honesty refreshing.
— M Fisch (@mfisch4) September 8, 2016
— BlackTrain (@BlackTrain) September 8, 2016
— Fifty Burger (@FiftyBurger) September 8, 2016
Speaking of simple honesty, credit the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard for what was likely the most honest comment on Aleppo anyone in the media will make today:
— Paul Bedard (@SecretsBedard) September 8, 2016