Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he thinks his supporters who “take a hard look” at the third-party presidential candidates, including Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, will choose not to vote for them.
Sanders was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper whether Johnson is qualified to be president, after he recently failed to name a foreign leader he admires and did not know about the war-torn city of Aleppo in Syria.
Sanders defended Johnson’s recent gaffes, saying “people make mistakes doing interviews.” But he said Johnson’s stance on issues like the environment and the economy could prevent his supporters from getting behind the third-party candidate.
“Look at his point of view on issues like the environment, on climate change, on the economy,” Sanders said. “I think if any of the people who voted for me take a hard look at what he stands for and understand where he’s coming from, they will not be supporting him.”
Johnson has said “global warming is in our future,” arguing citizens of Earth should inhabit other planets because “the sun is going to actually grow and encompass the Earth, right?”
Sanders didn’t mention how he feels about Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein.
Watch Sanders on CNN above.