Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson was asked a rather unorthodox question Thursday during his appearance on ABC’s The View.
He responded with an equally unorthodox answer.
Co-host Joy Behar asked Johnson if someone were to put a gun to his head on Election Day and make him vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, what would he do?
Without much hesitation, Johnson replied, “I’d let it go off.”
It was one way for Johnson to go out on a high note from his appearance, which largely centered on him explaining what had been a rather embarrassing situation just hours earlier on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
During that appearance, Johnson responded “What is Aleppo?” after being questioned about the large Syrian city that is at the heart of that country’s refugee crisis.
“Did you have a brain freeze moment or was it that the phrase ‘Aleppo’ threw you?” asked The View co-host, Whoopi Goldberg, of the Aleppo question.
Johnson said he thought the word was an acronym and admitted there was “no excuse” for flubbing the answer.
Candace Cameron Bure and Jedidiah Bila — two of The View‘s co-hosts with Libertarian leanings — attempted to help Johnson’s argument, with Bure calling the question a “gotcha” question and Bila thanking the former New Mexico governor for at least answering honestly.
Fellow co-host Joy Behar was far less forgiving, telling Johnson she knew what Aleppo is and she believes if he doesn’t know, then he shouldn’t be running for president.
“I think it is a disqualifying statement, frankly,” she said.
Johnson did admit the question was fair game and he should have had a better answer, but claimed this was certainly not the end of his campaign.
“Hey, it’s how you deal with adversity that ultimately determines success,” he said.
Johnson was eventually able to steer the conversation to the actual issue of the chaos in Syria itself, which the governor claimed was a mess caused by a foreign policy that encourages regime change, of which he said both President Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton are devotees.
As for what to do going forward, the governor suggested the only answer that makes sense to him is diplomatically finding a way to work with Russia on the issue, something he admits Obama is at least attempting.
The conversation eventually found its way back to the Aleppo flub, with Johnson being asked if he can find a way to recover.
“Gosh, I guess people will have to make that judgment, but I will say that it is a process and I respect the process and for those that believe this is a disqualifier, so be it,” he said.
He continued, “I’ve been really well served in my life by always telling the truth. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. And I think the one unforgivable thing in life is hypocrisy, saying one thing and doing another.”
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