Former President Jimmy Carter has long been one of the icons of the Democrat Party, arguably receiving greater attention post-presidency than he did while living in the White House. Now the 39th President is under criticism from his own party for comments on President Donald Trump that run counter to the Democrat orthodoxy.
According to The Hill, Carter dismissed the significance of Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying “I don’t think there’s any evidence that what the Russians did changed enough votes, or any votes.”
Former-President Carter’s remarks were made as part of a New York Times interview. The article from the left-leaning publication seemingly takes issue with Carter’s moderate treatment of President Trump, beginning with the title: “Jimmy Carter Lusts for a Trump Posting.”
The author of the piece, Maureen Dowd, then questions Mr. Carter’s surprisingly positive views of President Trump, raising a number of common accusations against America’s Head of State. The Times journalist writes:
“Most people would run away screaming at the thought of working for a boss who humiliates subordinates in public, throttles them in private, demands constant flattery, spends all day watching cable TV and behaves in a wildly unpredictable way.
“And yet, there is someone who is eager to work for President Trump. Curious, but it’s a Democrat. And even curiouser, it’s a fellow member of the presidents club. And curiousest, it’s someone whom Trump has disparaged on Twitter as one of the worst presidents in history.”
The “Trump posting,” to which Carter allegedly aspires, is a role as envoy to North Korea. The former-President suggests he could be useful in brokering negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, much like he did in 1994 when former-President Bill Clinton and Kim Il-sung, grandfather of Kim Jong-un, headed their respective nations.
Carter believes Kim has “now got advanced nuclear weaponry that can destroy the Korean Peninsula and Japan, and some of our outlying territories in the Pacific, maybe even our mainland.” The Georgia Democrat says he has spoken with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster. “I told him that I was available if they ever need me,” he claimed.
Carter’s outreach to the Trump administration included a number of favorable comments, beyond the assertion that Russia was an insignificant factor in Hillary Clinton’s election loss. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning humanitarian from Georgia says the media has been unfair in its coverage of President Trump. “I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about,” he said. “I think they feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation.”
Former President Carter also sided with Mr. Trump on the issue of national anthem protesters in the NFL. “I think they ought to find a different way to object, to demonstrate. I would rather see all the players stand during the American anthem.” Carter also objects to the removal of Confederate monuments, but added he sympathizes with African Americans and would be willing to add “explanatory labels” to statues.
Former President Jimmy Carter believes Russian interference in the election did not affect the outcome. Do you think President Carter is right?
Mr. Carter believes President Trump, who has been critical of NFL players who kneel during the anthem, “is exacerbating” racial tensions–but qualified his opinion by saying “maybe not deliberately.”
According to former-President Carter, he and his wife voted for Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the primaries. But the left-leaning media has been highly critical of the Democrat Party icon for suggesting the media’s treatment of Trump is skewed.