Unfortunately for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, he wasn’t on “Jeopardy” when he phrased his answer in the form of a question.

“What is Aleppo?” Johnson asked Boston Globe columnist Mike Barnacle on the set of MSNBC’s Morning Joe Thursday. If it had been a response to Alex Trabek, he could have won Jeopardy. Instead, Johnson put his campaign in jeopardy.

Libertarians are always stereotyped as being weak on foreign policy and out of the mainstream on social issues. Johnson didn’t help shatter those stereotypes Thursday morning.

In a race where the word “disqualifying” has been used about every candidate, Johnson finally showed what it really means.

I have discussed the Syrian refugee issue with my 12-year-old during a walk through our neighborhood. The Morning Joe gang could have told Johnson that Aleppo was one of the Marx brothers and he would have believed them.

Johnson said he was human and makes mistakes. He also plans to make lemonade out of that lemon. Maybe he should stop wasting time in the kitchen making drinks and spend a little time reading a newspaper or watching some national news programs before he goes on a national news program as a guest.

Mitt Romney said on Twitter that he wanted Johnson included on the debate stage. Sure, comic relief during a serious situation is always nice.

Speaking of serious situations, why can’t Hillary Clinton smile more while discussing military attacks on foreign countries? What is her favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies? Why doesn’t she look more presidential?

After Wednesday night’s Commander in Chief forum, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus sent one of the more offensive tweets of the 2016 campaign — which is saying a lot.

“‪@HillaryClinton‪ was angry + defensive the entire time — no smile and uncomfortable — upset that she was caught wrongly sending our secrets.” Priebus said during an apparent lesson to the rest of the party in how to properly use sexist dog whistles.

Priebus may or may not be a sexist himself but you better believe he knows that many of Trump’s supporters are and that is a strong message to them.

Clinton was smiling when she answered a question at a press conference Thursday morning.

“I don’t take my advice, and I don’t take anything seriously, from the RNC,” Clinton said. “We were talking about serious issues last night. I know what we have to do to fix the VA and what we have to do to take the fight to ISIS and not make political happy talk. Donald Trump chose to talk about his deep admiration for Vladimir Putin. Maybe he did it with a smile so I guess the RNC would have liked that.”

Trump wasn’t discouraged that his praise of Putin seems a little bit like Jerry Seinfeld’s love of Superman. Now Trump has his running mate and several right wing pundits trying to explain that he doesn’t love Putin as a dictatorial murderous jailer of dissidents. He is just such a great leader.

Putin isn’t a great leader — far from it. He is a bully. He has to be because he, in fact, is not a good leader at all. His economy is horrible. He is facing sanctions because of his unjust military actions.

He is a bad leader and a worse person. If this starts to sound familiar, let me know.

Trump tripled down on his love of all things Russian by actually appearing on state-controlled Russian television to bash the foreign policy of the United States and continue his attacks on the political press in this country.
At first, people tried to compare Trump to Ronald Reagan. Reagan famously told a Russian leader to tear down a wall. Trump wants to build a wall and have dinner with a Russian leader afterward.

This race can’t get any worse. We have to endure about eight more weeks of lost emails, clueless Libertarians and a would-be dictator.

What did America do to deserve this?

— Kent Bush is publisher of Shawnee (Oklahoma) News-Star and can be reached at kent.bush@news-star.com.