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Quick Take: Gary Johnson Doesn’t Know City At Center Of Syrian Crisis

Gary Johnson shocked the Morning Joe crew on Thursday morning by asking “what is Aleppo?” in response to a question on what he would do about the crisis in Syria.

Gary Johnson

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson courted controversy in an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe by mistakenly revealing he does not know what Aleppo is.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces have engaged in a vicious tug-of-war for control over Aleppo in the last month; the city has been at the center of Syria’s civil war for years.

Johnson has released statements on Syria before and has competently answered questions on Syrian refugees as recently as last year, so it’s strange he would be unaware of a key city in the war.