Colbert Absolutely Destroys Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson has been getting more mainstream media attention as the general election looms. But is he really worth a protest vote? “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert is doubtful.
Before September, Johnson was best known for his stance on marijuana legalization, but since then, major gaffes have defined his candidacy.
The good news is, "if he doesn't win the presidecy, he's still got a good shot to be in the next Jackass movie," Colbert quipped.
Prior to the debates, Johnson claimed that all it would take for him to pull ahead of the two major party candidates would be to appear on stage with them.
“And it wouldn’t have anything to do with my debate performance either,” Johnson told MSNBC. “It would just be that people would recognize that there was another choice.” Hmmmm, maybe. Johnson completed the rest of the interview with his tongue sticking out.
Johnson initially shrugged off climate change because the sun will destroy the earth anyway, which isn't just a terrible policy answer, Colbert pointed out.
“Sorry, honey, I would take out the trash but in a couple of billion years, the sun is going to destroy the earth, so, what’s the point?” the host joked.
Johnson has since shifted his climate change stance to something more hopeful.
“We do have to inhabit other planets," the libertarian said.
“I believe Gary Johnson already does,” Colbert deadpanned.
Then there is Johnson's now-famous MSNBC appearance in which he said in response to a question on Syria, "What is Aleppo?"
"You’re kidding," Mike Barnicle retorted incredulously.
“Yes, obviously he’s just kidding,” Colbert said. "It’s a joke: Knock, knock. Who’s there? 400,000 refugees. No wonder Johnson is polling at 37 percent among military service members, because if the president doesn’t know about Syria, there’s no way he’s sending you there.”
On Wednesday night Johnson had another disastrous flub. When asked in an interview to name a world leader he admired, he couldn't name a single one. He was even given numerous hints.
"I guess I'm having an Aleppo moment," Johnson said finally.
“Yes, that is an Aleppo moment, because bombing that bad should be a war crime,” Colbert said. “Obviously, Gary Johnson’s ignorance, crazy ideas and strange tongue exercises make him the most laughable candidate out there. Or should.”
Colbert then flashed a photo of Donald Trump.