Gary Johnson Appears to Confuse North Korean Leader With Voldemort, Will Not Speak His Name

Image via AP Photo/David Zalubowski.
Image via AP Photo/David Zalubowski.

Libertarian presidential candidate and former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson is currently polling at 24% in his home state of New Mexico, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a lot of facts about the world—fun or otherwise. Luckily for him, it is 2016, and we no longer care about those.


Johnson has struggled to identify world leaders he admires, the city of Aleppo, and the civilian impact of recent bomb and knife attacks in New York and Minnesota. He also thinks we don’t need to worry about climate change, because the sun will eat our planet in a few billion years, anyway. This latest incident occurred when he was asked by the New York Times if he knew the name of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Uh, yeah, he does.

Asked if he knew the name of North Korea’s leader, Mr. Johnson replied, “I do.”

“You want me to name” the person, he said, then paused, before adding dryly, “Really.” But he declined to supply the name.

How dare they? Everyone knows that if you say the name “Kim Jong Un,” a large drone will come snatch you away and you’ll wake up strapped into a hot tub in the Supreme Leader’s basement.

Will the media ever get it right?

Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.



guys i am for real concerned that he didn’t know that a whole world lay beyond the US until like 2 months ago

like he saw a globe once and was just like “ha ha ha ha look at this fantastical children’s toy made by jrr tolkien ha ha ha ha isn’t it funny, ayn”, he whispers, gazing tearily at a bust of ayn rand made of bubblegum unbuttoning his jeans.