Gary Johnson Heart Attack: Polls Plummet As Video Of Johnson Jokingly Clutching His Chest Surfaces
Did Gary Johnson have a heart attack? Not exactly. A video of the Libertarian candidate for president is making its rounds on the internet this week and people can’t stop talking about it. The video shows Gary Johnson faking a heart attack after a debate with a former lawmaker who is against legalizing marijuana.
And the best part of all of this? The video isn’t even current.
With Gary Johnson’s current poll numbers plummeting, this video was dug up and is being circulated on the internet — it’s even on Twitter’s front page. Johnson faked a heart attack by clutching his chest and falling to the floor during a somewhat intense debate about pot.
The reaction on social media has been pretty epic. Interestingly enough, most of the reactions on Twitter involve people saying that they are changing their vote after seeing the video. We presume that most of these people are just being facetious.
Gary Johnson won my vote with that fake heart attack
Changing my vote to Gary Johnson after that fake heart attack vid
Gary Johnson is hilarious man. His fake heart attack had me dying.
— Floydie. (@FloydieBSnappin) November 2, 2016
Gary Johnson should have faked a heart attack when he was asked about Aleppo
@GranJanis @CHURCHLADY320 @PuestoLoco I think I decided. I am leaning towards Gary Johnson. He just did a fake heart attack on TV! Love this
The video of Gary Johnson faking a heart attack has been viewed over 70,000 times on YouTube. It is presumed that many of those views came over the last 24 hours as people started searching for this hilarious stunt.
As you can see in the video below, the former lawmaker is talking about the side effects of marijuana.
“You have a one in five — a higher chance of having a heart attack within the first hour after you smoke marijuana. There are legitimate side effects of this drug. The THC–“
And then Gary Johnson clutches his chest and falls out of his chair on to the floor and the audience can be heard laughing.
“You know, I think the governor has had great fun with his humor,” the lawmaker continues. “But this isn’t funny,” she adds. The video cuts off there, but it’s clear to see Gary Johnson yucking it up after his decision to poke fun at the issue — and issue that he feels very strongly about. He believes that weed should be legalized on a state-by-state basis.
According to the Independent Journal Review, Johnson has openly admitted to smoking weed and got a bit emotional when talking about the criminalization of the substance.
“Look, I think I’m one of 100 million-plus Americans… until people start stepping up and saying, ‘Look, I’m not a criminal…I’m just a regular human being that if I choose to take the edge off of the day by consuming marijuana, who’s to begrudge me that? In the last 12 months, the number one category of arrest in this country is still marijuana. Still! That’s just flabbergasting. What I’ve always said is we all have friends, family, co-workers that use marijuana. And you may disagree with their use of marijuana, but none of them are criminal. And yet, it still is a criminal penalty.”
Gary Johnson’s fake heart attack video aside, the Libertarian candidate isn’t doing so great just one week ahead of the election. According to USA Today, Johnson’s dreams of becoming president are fading just as quickly as his presence in the national polls: He is down to 4.1 percent and is struggling to keep his head above water.
Are you a Gary Jonson fan? What did you think of his fake heart attack? Sound off in the comments below.
Gary Johnson Heart Attack: Polls Plummet As Video Of Johnson Jokingly Clutching His Chest Surfaces Did Gary Johnson have a heart attack? Not exactly. A video of the Libertarian candidate for
CPAC 2015: Gary Johnson fakes heart attack over Ann Marie Buerkle’s marijuana claims (video)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle is picking up a little more national exposure than she expected for her comments about marijuana during a debate Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson faked having a heart attack, clutching his chest and falling to the floor, after Buerkle claimed that marijuana users have a 1-in-5 increased risk of a heart attack in the first hour after smoking pot.
Buerkle made it clear she didn’t appreciate the theatrics from Johnson, a 2012 libertarian presidential candidate who has long advocated for legalizing marijuana.
Ann Marie Buerkle
“You know, I think the governor has had great fun with his humor, but this isn’t funny that we’re putting our kids and the future of this country at risk,” Buerkle said. “It’s not funny. It is something that we as Americans have to pay attention to.”
About half of the CPAC audience at the National Harbor resort in suburban Washington, D.C., laughed at Johnson’s antics, but many sitting in the football field-sized convention hall never saw him hit the floor.
Since the nation’s largest annual gathering of conservatives ended Saturday, the clip has made the rounds on cable TV and YouTube.
Buerkle, who represented the Syracuse area in Congress for one term in 2011 and 2012, said she had no regrets about accepting CPAC’s invitation to debate Johnson. “I never back away from a challenge,” she said.
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CPAC 2015: Gary Johnson fakes heart attack over Ann Marie Buerkle’s marijuana claims (video) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle is picking up a little more national exposure