Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson embarrassed himself in Aleppo 2.0, stumped by a question from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Wednesday, a question that left Johnson speechless when asked who his favorite world leader is — he literally couldn’t think of one.
So it makes sense that both the Republican and Democrat nominees would be asked the same question by media since Johnson’s non-answer made so much news. But what may not make sense to voters is the answer given by both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Many consider Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu a favorite foreign leader, especially among conservatives, but both Hillary and Trump named Germany’s Angela Merkel as their favorite world leader.
Here’s Hillary’s answer to reporters on her campaign plane, where she praises Merkel for her “bravery” in the handling of the refugee crisis she largely caused in Germany.
Clinton asked about favorite world leader after Johnson fails to answer. She fakes bewilderment, then says Merkel: https://t.co/KonimcVuOK
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 29, 2016
For his part, Donald Trump also named Angela Merkel, someone he had previously been highly critical of, even criticizing Hillary Clinton for wanting to be “America’s Angela Merkel.”
“Well, I think Merkel is a really great world leader, but I was very disappointed that — when she — this move with the whole thing on immigration,” he told New England Cable News as reported by Politico. “I think it’s a big problem and really, you know, to look at what she’s done in the last year and a half. I was always a Merkel person. I thought really fantastic. But I think she made a very tragic mistake a year and a half ago.”
Again, when it comes right down it, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton agree on many more policies than either of their followers would probably care to admit. You’d almost think two New York liberals were running for president, just with different letters next to their names.