The gaffe made it appear that Ford had no idea what was going on in the geo-political world. That, coupled with his pardon of Richard Nixon shortly after taking office, threw a close election to Jimmy Carter (and we all know what a disaster that turned out to be).
On Sunday, I thought Gerald Ford had risen from the grave to join George Stephanapoulos on ABC's "This Week" program to discuss the situation in Ukraine with the invasion of that country by "forces wanting to return to Russian control". It just turned out to be Donald Trump:
This gaffe took place on a lightly-watched Sunday morning news program--and not a debate televised on all TV networks. But it shows just how little Reality Show Candidate knows about what is going on around him--and the situation that celebrity-obsessed voters may place him into next year.