“What is Gary Johnson?” besieged Syrian city Aleppo responded after being asked about the Libertarian presidential candidate during an interview on MSNBC. When pressed, the city, which has been a center of fighting between government and rebel forces for the past 4 years, admitted it had never heard of the former governor of New Mexico, showing a surprising lack of awareness about American politics.
In a later follow-up interview, Aleppo expressed disappointment in missing the question, citing exhaustion from incessant conflict. “In the confusion, I thought that Gary Johnson may have been an acronym for something, like Jill Stein.”
The stumble could be a serious blow to Aleppo’s humanitarian aid prospects. A UN aid convoy was bombed this week by either Russian or Syrian jets, and following this gaffe, the US in unlikely to support sending any more aid.