Presidential Candidates

‘What is Aleppo?’ Presidential Candidate Asks

Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson Gets Caught Not Knowing What or Where Aleppo Is

By Shaymus McLaughlin | September 8, 2016 | SOURCE: Bring Me The News | PHOTO: MSNBC

Gary Johnson is running for president. He’s the Libertarian Party candidate, and is hoping to start getting 15 percent in the polls so he can be a part of the presidential debates.

Johnson was on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday, and was asked about the fighting and refugee crisis in Syria – specifically, the city of Aleppo (more on the conflict below).

Here’s how the conversation went:

Mike Barnicle: “What would you do, if you were elected, about Aleppo?”

Johnson: “About?”

Barnicle: “Aleppo.”

Johnson: “And what is Aleppo?”

Barnicle: (After about a second of silence) “You’re kidding.”

Johnson: “No.”

Barnicle: “Aleppo is in Syria. It’s the epicenter of the refugee crisis – ”

Johnson: “OK got it, got it. Well with regard to Syria, I do think that it’s a mess.”

Johnson went on to explain that the U.S. intervening in regime change often brings about unintended, but bad, results. He also suggested partnering with Russia is the only way to quell the fighting in Syria, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people.

Host Joe Scarborough pressed Johnson again afterward however.

“Do your really think that foreign policy is so insignificant that somebody running for president of the United States shouldn’t even know what Aleppo is, where Aleppo is, why Aleppo is so important?” Scarborough said.

Johnson continued making his case for the broader strategy in Syria, but the clip quickly spread. Aleppo was trending on Twitter in Minneapolis and the U.S., and there have now been dozens of stories about the gaffe.

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Can You Find Aleppo On A Map?

The Washington Post followed up the story on Johnson's gaffe with an interactive map quiz, testing readers on their geographical knowledge of the Syrian city. Think you can locate Aleppo on a map? See for yourself here or click on the map below.