“I don’t know, there’s just something appealing about a guy that speaks like that,” says former Trump supporter Dave Duke. “I don’t know what a Aleppo is, so why in the Hell would I care if my candidate does?”
Duke is one of thousands of current and former Trump supporters expressing interest in Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson after he seemed to not know what Aleppo was during a recent interview on MSNBC.
Aleppo, for those not in the know, is a civil war-torn city in Syria that millions of internet critics didn’t honestly know about until Johnson’s gaffe.
Citizens of Aleppo issued a statement that they would have been devastated to learn that a U.S. presidential candidate was seemingly unaware of their city, except for the fact Johnson has no real shot, also Aleppo.
Whatever gains Johnson’s gaffe might have provided him might have been undone by the fact that the candidate has responded to the situation by stating that he felt horrible for the mistake, adding that “I have to get smarter.”
According to every single political analyst, that kind of humility is political suicide for a presidential candidate.