Amid Latest Johnson Gaffe, Critics Destroy Argument for Voting Libertarian
Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson—who's drawing support from former Bernie Sanders supporters—"has an exceptionally low bar to clear. And yet again, he has shown that he's unable to clear it"
Raising further questions about his presidential bona fides, Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson failed to name a single foreign leader he admired, in what he called an "Aleppo moment" during a town hall-style interview on MSNBC Wednesday night.
Observers said the gaffe was evidence that Johnson is unprepared to serve in the White House. "Gary Johnson can't name a single foreign leader. Can we stop pretending he's a real alternative now?" was the headline at Salon, while others piled on via social media:
Asked to name his favorite foreign leader, @GovGaryJohnson couldn't name one. He shouldn't be running for president. https://t.co/cn4oWaUFu1— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) September 29, 2016
So, what's the game plan here? To make it clear that Donald Trump isn't the most ill-informed presidential candidate? https://t.co/wevfAYHn6i— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) September 29, 2016
That's OK. Not a single foreign leader can identify Gary Johnson. https://t.co/aGWuIiIacW— Sanho Tree (@SanhoTree) September 29, 2016
Hope the phrase 'Aleppo moment' doesn’t catch on. Aleppo's having a lot of moments-none related to US election circus https://t.co/arIZCDBnAB— Ishaan Tharoor (@ishaantharoor) September 29, 2016
Name an issue Sanders ran on—TPP, Citizen's United, climate change, minimum wage, health care, free college tuition—and Johnson is on the opposite side. Sanders wants to raise the minimum wage, Johnson doesn't think there should be a minimum wage; Sanders wants a single payer health-care system, aka "Medicare for all," Johnson wants to eliminate Medicare and let the free market work its magic; Sanders opposed TPP, Johnson supports TPP; Sanders wants the federal government to guarantee free college tuition, Johnson wants to eliminate what little support the federal government currently provides to college students; Sanders thinks climate change is a threat to humanity, Johnson thinks we shouldn't do anything to address climate change because colonizing habitable planets we haven't yet discovered is the far easier solution—and, hey, Earth is going to be swallowed up by the sun billions of years from now so let's eliminate all regulations on the energy industry and destroy Earth ourselves before the sun has a chance.
Johnson believes that government is an impediment to the natural working of the free market. It's overwhelmingly obvious that Clinton comes much closer to the Sanders philosophy than does Johnson. Given how close the election is in certain key states, a few protest votes could put Donald Trump in the White House. As Sanders is telling anyone who will listen, "Before you cast a protest vote—because either Clinton or Trump will become president—think hard about it. This is not a governor's race. It's not a state legislative race. This is the presidency of the United States." It's also the future of the planet.