October 28, 2016

Johnson loses his cool over tough questions in interview

The Guardian (screenshot)

Johnson responding to questions by The Guardian reporter Paul Lewis (screenshot)

Gary Johnson was at the center of another viral campaign moment Thursday. And, like his “What is Aleppo?” gaffe, it wasn’t a flattering moment for his underdog campaign.

The Libertarian nominee for president, and former New Mexico governor, was upset at the questions from Paul Lewis, a reporter with The Guardian.

Johnson initially bristled at questions about why Johnson wasn’t doing better, despite running against two very unpopular major party candidates.

“Why are you here, then, at 6.1 percent? Why are you even interviewing me?” Johnson asked, referring to the percentage in the Real Clear Politics average of national polls. “I don’t get it. If I’m doing so poorly, is this to preside over a funeral here? It’s not a funeral. It’s a celebration.”

As of this writing, Johnson’s average in Real Clear Politics is down to 5.3 percent.

Lewis asked about Johnson’s tax plan, and why most major economists did not back Johnson’s plan to abolish income taxes and replace it with “essentially one large income tax.”

An apparently frustrated Johnson, who had a contentious interview with HBO minutes before, lashed out and started talking about the backlash he received when he announced his support for marijuana.

“Look, I came out for the legalization of marijuana, let me use that as an example,” Johnson said.

“And I will tell you that I had people in my face for years and years and years talking about how stupid and idiotic it was that we should allow marijuana to be legal.”

“But what’s that got to do with your tax policy?” the reporter asked.

“It’s leadership,” Johnson responded. “It is leadership.”