"And what is Aleppo?" Gary Johnson asked

"And what is Aleppo?" Gary Johnson asked

It might hurt Mr. Johnson a little bit, "but I think he'll scoot by", he said. The New York Times, Washington Post, New Yorker, CNN, NBC News... name a news outlet and they probably covered it.

An earlier version of this article misidentified the de facto capital of the Islamic State. Johnson was asked on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," a question about Syria's largest city, which has been engulfed by the country's ongoing civil war.

It would be easy to describe Gary Johnson's appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday as having doomed his third-party candidacy for president were it not for the fact that his candidacy was already doomed.

Johnson's confused response was met with immediate disdain, both to his face ("You're kidding", replied reporter Mike Barnicle) and on social media.

Aleppo has been one of the major flashpoints of Syria's five-year civil war. "It's the epicenter of the refugee crisis".

Johnson's interview, of course, aired the morning after Trump, at a candidate forum, was effusive in his praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin, especially, he said, when compared with our own president's leadership. "Syria, I think it's a mess".

"OK, got it", Johnson said, going on to provide a general answer about the Syrian conflict, where he said the only viable option "is to join hands with Russian Federation to diplomatically" resolve the conflict.

"The only way that this Syrian situation comes to an end is with Russian Federation".

Next Page: Check out the resulting mockery on Twitter, and how people misspelled the Syrian city.

"What would you do if you were elected about Aleppo?". Do I understand its significance? Yes. "I believe it. He believes it".

But Johnson doesn't get many opportunities on the national stage, thanks to his outsider status - and this opportunity, it seems safe to say, was a missed one.

But, he said, "I succeeded by surrounding myself with the right people, getting to the bottom of important issues and making principled decisions". I sat down, I didn't know the context in which the conversation was taking place.

Barnicle: "What would you do...about Aleppo?". "Yes, I understand the dynamics of the Syrian conflict - I talk about them every day", he said in the statement. "I am talking about that everyday".

Later Johnson (below) said the mistake showed he was human and that, when asked about Aleppo, he was thinking of an acronym and not the Syrian conflict.

He said he didn't know what they were but "I didn't realize it was called colonias".

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