Gary Johnson Triples Down: Trump is a Pussy, Pussy, Pussy

pussyIn an article with associated video published earlier today at the website: A Libertarian Future, 2012 Libertarian Presidential Nominee Governor Gary Johnson repeated his claim that, “Donald Trump is a Pussy.”

“It was kindof a misfire on my part when I called him (Trump) “a pussy” (during the 27 FEB 2016 Libertarian Debate held in Biloxi, MS) . . . I’m going to do a 3,000 mile mountain bike ride* . . . Trump is a pussy.  Trump alienates more than half of the Republicans. . . . In the Presidential Debates (if) he has got anything to say about me, I will just start off with the fact that he is a pussy.”

The full video can be found HERE.

Also see: http://www.fitsnews.com/2012/08/09/gary-johnson-to-race-mountain-bikes/

 

36 thoughts on “Gary Johnson Triples Down: Trump is a Pussy, Pussy, Pussy

  1. Andy Craig

    He said the word three times while explaining the comment and why he said it. He didn’t actually say “pussy, pussy, pussy” three times in a row.

  2. Joseph Buchman Post author

    I thought about giving this the title:

    “Gov. Johnson announces that if he gets the nomination in May, he’ll take two weeks off in June”

    but that wasn’t the main topic in the video and perhaps that would be a good way to gain media attention. I wonder if he would qualify for secret service protection (and if they could even hope to keep up with him).

  3. Joseph Buchman Post author

    Andy Craig @ March 5, 2016 at 20:56 wrote:
    “He said the word three times . . . He didn’t actually say “pussy, pussy, pussy” three times in a row.”

    The word is repeated four times in that video (including the nested video of the comment from the debate). That wouldn’t fit in the headline.

  4. Andy Craig

    Ride the Divide is an annual event. He’s talked elsewhere about how he’s planning to do it if he doesn’t win the election. I took that to mean he was talking about doing it in 2017, but if he did do it in 2016 it would presumably be tied-in with the campaign as a promotional thing, like when he spent six days biking across New Hampshire from event to event. Not that he’d be doing it instead of campaigning.

  5. Andy Craig

    ” That wouldn’t fit in the headline.”

    Nor would it make it any more accurate. There was the original clip, him quoting himself and calling it a misfire, and then two other mentions separated by more words than are captured in your transcript.

    *Shrug* Not that it really matters. Just pointing it out, after as much grief as I’ve gotten for much more objective headlines.

  6. Shivany Lane

    ReallY!?

    Seriously the Libertarian Party is willing to let on of it’s potential Presidential nominees play with the Republican children in their playground??? I have no words to describe how this disappoints me.
    The Party of Principle is better than that.

    Like I said, once a Republican. And in the schoolyard game that the Republicans have come to call their campaign =s and debates, calling someone a Pussy is what the weak guy in the corner would do and then run like hell. Johnson is doing it to score points with his CPAC buddies but language like that has no place in political discourse. Or at least that was what I was taught. When a person resorts to an insult like that, it is usually because he has nothing left to say and he realizes that he cannot add anything to the conversation.

    John McAfee has been known to use colorful language, yet never as a retort in a debate or conversation. He uses it for emphasis and shock value.

    Sorry Governor Johnson. I am offended by your use of the word Pussy which is slang for female genitalia and is used by the uneducated who have nothing to add to the overall conversation. It offends me, and you chose to triple down on it. In this case, three of a kind is not a winning hand.

  7. Jill Pyeatt

    Interesting. I find the behavior of Trump so revolting that this amuses me to read this coming from Gary Johnson. It seems like he’s just pointing out how utterly ridiculous Trump is.

    It really doesn’t bother me for someone to use the word “pussy”. A word is what you make of it. I’ll consider it a silly name for “kitty”.

  8. Joseph Buchman Post author

    Andy Craig @ March 5, 2016 at 21:13

    ” That wouldn’t fit in the headline.”
    “Nor would it make it any more accurate. ”

    You’re correct. I should have created a more accurate headline. I was surprised/had thought he might even apologize for the remark (and then called Trump a whimp, or baby, or weakling). I have at least one female libertarian friend who was HIGHLY highly offended by the initial remark; my wife says she thinks it’s stupid and a misfire. I think it is likely to offend a significant portion of the women who will be delegates, if not all of them, in a party that already skews heavily nerdy male. It adds to the perception of insensitivity that has been fueled by having LPNV meetups with playboy bunnies and/or strippers.

    That said, I think you can see the smirk when he initially describes it as “kindof” a misfire.

  9. Jill Pyeatt

    The meetups in a strip club and playboy bunnies doesn’t bother me, either.

    In fact, I don’t even understand why this is a problem for some women.

    Newsflash! Sex is fun! Enjoy the differences between the sexes!

  10. George Phillies

    The other slang meaning, 60 years out of date perhaps, is “coward”.

  11. Thomas L. Knapp

    Shivany,

    The Libertarian Party doesn’t get to tell its candidates whether or not they can speak at Republican events, wear white after Labor Day, etc.

    Of course, Libertarian national convention delegates can take all that stuff into consideration when choosing a nominee.

    Johnson claims that Trump alienates more than half of Republicans. My recollection is that in polling when he was running for the Republican nomination, he alienated 98% of Republicans. Not that alienating Republicans is necessarily a bad thing,, of course. But is seems kind of pot-kettle-blackish.

  12. Jill Pyeatt

    This “offense” thing is a slippery slope. I was drawn into the FB conversation that Joe mentioned above, where he said he knew a libertarian who was very offended at the word “pussy”. Well, she posted an article with a dumb photo that inferred that Libertarians are “Narcissitic conspiracy theorists” that I found to be extremely offense. Apparently, that didn’t matter.

  13. Rev. James Clifton

    I’ve been a Libertarian since 1984 but if Gary Johnson continues to stoop to this Trumpesque level, I may not vote for him in November. Johnson is better than this.

  14. Austin Cassidy

    “John McAfee has been known to use colorful language, yet never as a retort in a debate or conversation. He uses it for emphasis and shock value.”

    Seems clear that’s exactly what Johnson was using the word for — shock value and emphasis.

  15. langa

    I’m not at all offended by what Johnson said, nor have I been offended by any of Trump’s trash talking. I have plenty of reasons to oppose both of their campaigns (especially that of Trump), without worrying about whether either of them have offended the delicate sensibilities of the self-righteous among us.

  16. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    This might all be a calculated strategy. Johnson attacks Trump, hoping that Trump attacks back. Trump does have a reputation for being thin-skinned.

    Few Americans know who Johnson is. But if Trump attacked Johnson, that would bring some media attention to Johnson.

    In this new world, attacking from the gutter — and being counter-attacked — is political gold.

    As Ben Carson said during one debate: “Somebody please attack me.”

  17. Darcy G Richardson

    I agree with the Rev. Clifton. I don’t think it’s a matter of being self-righteous, but Johnson’s remarks are sophomoric at best and disturbingly immature at worst. It kind of reminds me of the things one might have heard in the junior high school locker room, or in an after school pickup game of football.

    If the former governor of New Mexico was comparing his intellectual prowess to that of the GOP frontrunner that would certainly be acceptable, but I’m not sure that a candidate with the leisure time and means to climb mountains all over the world — and engage in other meaningless physical accomplishments — while most Americans are struggling just to get by, is a valid argument for occupying the White House. It certainly isn’t a qualification for the presidency.

    There are more than enough substantive ways to attack Donald Trump. Many more.

    If Gary Johnson spent as much time boning up on the issues, exercising his brain as much as his body, he’d have a much stronger case against the megalomaniacal real estate mogul. But he’s simply clueless — as this video clearly shows. He could start, I suppose, by occasionally reading a newspaper — if that’s not too difficult.

    Calling a potential rival a “pussy,” is beyond the pale. It’s hard to believe that this is the state of American politics in 2016.

    This is beyond pathetic.

    I don’t know who is advising Gary Johnson — maybe a disgruntled Marco Rubio reject is filling that role — but in a year when our politics already resemble a WWE wrestling match, a dignified alternative might have done very well. It’s kind of sad to see the leading Libertarian Party candidate for the White House engaging in this sort of nonsense. Then again, it begs the question. Who, exactly, is Johnson’s constituency? Who is he trying to appeal to by this kind of language?

    If Johnson is trying to come across to the unwashed masses as some sort of modern-day Teddy Roosevelt, he should give up the ghost now. Whether one agreed with him or not, T.R. was actually engaged in the crucial issues of his time and could speak at length about any of them. Johnson can’t — or at least hasn’t tried to do so. Name-calling is much easier for lazy politicians.

    Think about it. When it comes to the myriad of issues facing the country, has anybody here ever asked himself or herself. “Gee, I wonder what Gary Johnson thinks about that?”

    Of course not.

    Most Libertarian activists know, if they’re really honest about it, that he wouldn’t have anything substantive or insightful to add to the conversation. It’s not even clear that he understands libertarianism, as many have already pointed out. He’s not exactly a cerebral guy, and he obviously hasn’t done any of the rigorous intellectual work necessary to master even the simplest of the complex issues confronting the country, let alone present them from any kind of coherent libertarian perspective.

    Americans are yearning for a dignified alternative, probably now more than ever. This could have been the year for a major breakthrough — a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will probably be squandered by a presumptive presidential nominee who simply isn’t up to the task.

    Seriously. I can’t imagine Harry Browne or Ed Clark, both of whom measured their words carefully — or any other past Libertarian presidential candidate, for that matter — engaging in this kind of childish rhetoric. How sad. How truly sad.

  18. Andy Craig

    Oh please. Joe’s headline sounds much worse than what he actually said.

    I would have told him to use a different word, but he did have a point, and it was one that generated an insane amount of earned media. The other NowThis video– that mentioned the pussy line in the description but otherwise didn’t mention it in the video- got something like almost 2 million views. That’s hundreds of thousands of people who hear Gary give his spiel about the issues and the two-party-system, who probably wouldn’t have if Gary hadn’t said “a bad word” that tickled the clickbait-headline/Trump-insult machine.

    It’s also not nearly as profane a word as people are suddenly making it out to be, particularly not in the “coward” sense Gary was using it. It’s not like he’s running around dropping F-bombs or needing to be bleeped to satisfy the FCC.

    But, whatever, that’s how it goes. Haters gonna hate. Of course there will be some pearl-clutchers pretending to get the vapors over “pussy” hitting their virgin ears; the reaction has still been lopsided net-positive (not that the IPR commentariat is, as usual, anywhere remotely representative of the general public). If it was a candidate they liked who’d said it, we’d be hearing from the same people about how awesome it was. The only reaction the other candidates on-stage had between them was McAfee chiming in with “Hear, Hear!” Petersen is hardly in any place to object to coarse language or alleged immaturity. Gary could stand on stage and recite Carlin’s Seven Dirty Word for all I care, he’d still be the only halfway presentable and professional candidate on that stage.

  19. George Phillies

    Johnson’s serious problem is his campaign finacnes. He is trying to stiff his 2012 creditors for 1.5 million dollars,. which most of them have agreed in writing that they are owed.

    His current campaign income is all going to his campaign consultant, which is understandable if you recall

    ” In a signed affidavit presented to the United States District Court for Eastern Virginia, Ronald Nielson specified under penalty of perjury some of the Johnson campaign debts. Nielson owns NS0N, which manages Johnson’s Presidential campaign. We quote in part from a much longer affidavit:

    “…At present [GP: 2012] OAI [Ed: Our America Initiative, Johnson’s political advocacy committee] is indebted to NSoN for services rendered and expenses advanced in the approximate amount of $1.8 million. At present GJ2012 is indebted to NSoN for services rendered and expenses advanced in the approximate amount of $676,000. The amounts that NS0N is owed by OAI and GJ2012 are by far the largest debts owed by OAI and GJ2012…GJ2012 assumed responsibility for the debts it owed Mr. Bydlak and another fundraiser, Elizabeth Hepworth.”

    Note that OAI was at least 1.1 million dollars in the hole at this time.

  20. Deran

    I wonder why he chose a slang term for a women’s genitalia as a derogatory term to describe Trump, and not a slang term for his own (male) genetalia? Calling Trump a dick seems even more to the point re Trump’s manner and style.

    I am a socialist, I ended up voting for Johnson last time because voting for Johnson was the strongest third party candidate. So I can say this as slightly more than an outsider.

    I have no problem with strip clubs and favor legal sex work. But I don’t like the use of slang for women’s genetalia as a derogatory term.

  21. Deran

    And I mean using such slang derogatorially by men. I’d rather a man used slang for his own gender’s genatalia as a derogatory term. Especially derogatory abt a man.

  22. Election Addict

    I’m not offended, and it probably works in Johnson’s favor. But there’s a lot to say for presidential candidates acting polite – it’s an indicator of their ability to be diplomatic later on. “Trump started it,” so what.

  23. George Phillies

    The thing that Johnson said that was far worse than kitty-cat was his 2012 NatCon speech urging the delegates to…elect Wayne Root to the LNC. It worked, too.

  24. Michael H. Wilson

    I have read a couple of comments from women on Facebook who did not appreciate the comment.

  25. Mark M. Herd

    Gary has clearly offended women and should be called out for it. This is only a small part of why I would never support this career politician. His 23% sales/CONsumption tax plan is a joke. He uses fuzzier than fuzzy math to justify it. Gary had an incredible opportunity to pardon non violent drug offenders in NM prisons. Instead he did nothing and justified it by saying “It was a long a tedious process”. Now Gary has offended several women who understand there are betters words to describe Donal Trump than referring to a womens genetalia. Sorry but Gary has more baggage then a 747 on the way to Italy. Vote Steve Kerbel and let’s get a REAL Libertarian up front and center instead of a rebloodlicant LINO waiting to carpetbag his second nomination from a sleeping party. Lastly and most importantly, we need to OPEN THE DEBATES!!!!! What are we the party of hypocrites? Why do we fight for the POTUS debates to be open BUT we close our own debates? Seriously? Pay for Stage Debates =/= Party of Principles. https://youtu.be/w8Fy2lyhANU

  26. Smart Alex

    Gary has clearly offended women and should be called out for it.

    It’s unbelievable that these words are coming from Mark Herd, the King of Rude Insults on Facebook. The names you call people, although usually misspelled, put you squarely back in the kindergarten sandbox.
    Several of us have noticed you have the worst insults for women. It’s beyond laughable to see what a hypocrite you are.

    That behavior has definitely hurt Steve Kerbel’s campaign, by the way. Many of those people who know you support him will never vote for him, after seeing how you treat people.

  27. Thomas L. Knapp

    Sigh … I hate to be put in the position of defending Johnson, but most, maybe even all, of the commenters here seem to have missed the context in which Johnson used the word “pussy.” He was doing a Trump act on Trump, presumably hoping to get some attention doing to Trump what Trump had done to another candidate.

    It seems to have backfired. So far as I’ve been able to tell, Trump has not responded. Which makes Gary pretty much the only guy on the planet who can’t get Trump to throw a temper tantrum in public by insulting him.

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  29. Derrick Michael Reid

    Gary Johnson

    So, over last 4 years, Gary Johnson, the titular head of the LP, lost with only 1%, the Party has been stagnant, with decreasing membership, with no credible leadership to package libertarianism for main stream appeal, as a failure to the LP, and, with 50m hungry, 100m unemployed, 20T$ in debt nationally, Gary Johnson is out climbing mountains? Aint that just special. As a Governor, Johnson may have done well, but as titular head of the LP, he is a loser and a failure. A definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again, and expecting a different result.

    Not only is Gary Johnson, a proven loser as a presidential candidate, a proven failure as titular head, but also a party stagnator seeking to stagnate the LP again with run. I was told by Hern of CA in October 2015 in MA debate, that Johnson would announce and take the nomination, and that even though I am the strongest candidate, Johnson will rely on notoriety to win the nomination.

    Johnson was rude and arrogant at both the VA and IL LP debate, performing distracting antics while others were speaking, in despicable mockery of serious LP events. He must not get anywhere near the nomination, as a proven loser, a proven failure, a party stagnator, being rude, and arrogant. Its shocking.

    Now Gary Johnson, demean with a “Pussy” comment. What, he cant articulate his speech? You dont demean with slander, but articulate your speech with reasoning and facts. Johnson is totally unsuitable as party leader and nominee.

  30. Jill Pyeatt

    I f you’re talking about Mark Herd of CA, please don’t take anything he said seriously. He had no clue what was going on in October of last year.

    It sounds like his guess of Johnson being the candidate was just that–a guess. Many things can happen between now and the convention in May.

    I’ll make a guess, though, that the candidate won’t be Reid, Ince, Robinson, Waymire, Smith, Sexton. Feldman, or Kerbel.

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