Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is a bad spokesman for marijuana legalization - or so South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R) would have us believe. Yesterday, the senator - who opposes recreational marijuana use - spun Johnson's recent foreign policy gaffe as a win for cannabis prohibition.
Johnson made headlines this week when he revealed that his foreign policy credentials needed some work. During an MSNBC interview, the former New Mexico governor was asked what he thought about Aleppo - the center of the Syrian refugee crisis.
"And what is Aleppo?" Johnson asked in earnest.
It might be acceptable for the average American to be oblivious to global issues. But an aspiring leader of the free world should probably be more familiar with world news. However, Senator Graham's criticism of Johnson went beyond questioning his credibility as the next commander-in-chief. Graham used the gaffe to take a potshot at marijuana consumers.
Yesterday, ABC news correspondent Mary Bruce tweeted the senator's response.
Sen Graham on Johnson Aleppo mishap: "He set back the cause of legalizing marijuana by 50 years"— Mary Bruce (@marykbruce) September 8, 2016
That criticism might be fair if Johnson were high at the time of the interview. He's sworn off cannabis for the duration of the campaign and his term in White House - if he gets elected. So no, we can't blame the gaffe on marijuana. But that hasn't stopped the Twitterati from dissecting the issue. Here are the best comments on Graham's swipe at Johnson.
Some thought Graham was just having fun with Johnson.
It was just a joke.— michele collins (@michele5411) September 8, 2016
So maybe cannabis activists were becoming the butt of Graham's joke by taking his comment seriously. But others liked the idea of using marijuana as a cure for American interventionism in Middle Eastern politics.
that's actually a good reason to legalize. No foreign entanglements.— Lou Salvati IV (@LibertyLou4) September 8, 2016
Of course, cat-gif aficionados weighed in on the issue.
One commentator added a Canadian spin by taking a swipe at pro-legalization Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Others suspected Graham's tweet reeked of hypocrisy.
And one person felt Graham was a poor spokesman for the human race, let alone the American government.
Sen Graham's continued existence has set back the cause of Darwinian natural selection by millennia— The Globalizer (@Globalizer360) September 8, 2016
Banner image: Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks in Concord, New Hampshire, on August 25, 2016. (Andrew Cline / Shutterstock.com)