Gary Johnson Still Can’t Name a Foreign Leader and Apparently Doesn’t Read the News


Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson had four days to think about it, but he still couldn’t name a foreign leader he admired.

And that New York Times bombshell published Saturday about Trump’s tax returns? Nope. Not ringing a bell either.

Johnson, who is currently the favored third-party candidate in national polls (hovering just over 7% according to the RCP average), spoke to CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield on NewsRoom Sunday. Whitfield gamely offered Johnson an opportunity to redeem himself following a series of gaffes in which the candidate blanked on the meaning of “Aleppo,” the war-torn Syrian city, and was unable to name a single foreign leader he admired.

But when quizzed on subjects of global affairs and the most pressing recent news in the presidential election, the former governor seemed not to have been fully briefed.

When Whitfield asked Johnson to weigh in on the Times scoop about Trump’s 1995 tax returns, he went off on a long digression about his own tax policy. The CNN host clarified: “Did you read the article? Do you have an understanding of it fully… like… the rest of us?

Johnson admitted, “No. No, I did not read the article in The New York Times. No, I did not.”

Returning to the subject of foreign leaders, a topic on which Johnson embarrassed himself last week, he did not fare much better:

JOHNSON:  A foreign leader — A foreign leader that I admired.
WHITFIELD:  That you admire.
JOHNSON:  What is this, four —
WHITFIELD:  So you’ve had time to think about.
JOHNSON:  It’s four day — yes.
WHITFIELD:  Can you answer on —
JOHNSON:  And I still can’t come up with one.
WHITFIELD:  You cannot.
JOHNSON:  I still can’t come up with one. Well, that I admire? That I’m going to have to defend a foreign leader?

Check out the video above, courtesy of CNN.

Sam Reisman (@thericeman) is a staff editor at Mediaite.

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