Jimmy Carter is the oldest of all living ex-presidents at 93, but he is still in tune with national politics. He made his views about some of the latest pressing national issues very clear in a recent interview with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.
Carter was asked “Did the Russians purloin the election from Hillary?”
“I don’t think there’s any evidence that what the Russians did changed enough votes — or any votes,” Carter said.
So the hard-left former president doesn’t think the Russians stole the election? Take note, Capitol Hill Democrats.
Who was their 2016 preference?
Given that Carter is a Democrat and served in the White House as a Democrat, it would be easy to assume Carter wanted Clinton to be president in 2016. But he explained he and his wife voted for a different candidate.
In the interview, Carter also knocked former President Barack Obama.
“He made some very wonderful statements, in my opinion, when he first got in office, and then he reneged on that,” Carter said of Obama’s Middle East policies.
Carter also lamented “the fact that Obama joined in the bombing of Yemen,” according to Dowd. However, Carter confirmed all 22 members of his family voted for Obama. He also said he doesn’t have Obama’s email address, meaning he likely doesn’t directly talk to the 44th president.
He also Said:
Media “harder on Trump than any president.”
A recent Harvard study showed that 93% of new coverage about President Trump is negative. But here’s another shocker: Carter defended Trump.
“I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about,” Carter said. “I think they feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation.”
NFL players should “stand during the American anthem.”
Carter, who joined the other four living ex-presidents on Saturday for a hurricane fundraiser, put his hand on his heart when the national anthem played — and he has a strong opinion about what NFL players should do, too.
“I think they ought to find a different way to object, to demonstrate,” he said. ” I would rather see all the players stand during the American anthem.”
arter said he was “afraid” of nuclear conflict between the US and North Korea. “They want to save their regime [and have] 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.” Carter had indicated a willingness to talk peace with North Korea last month, according to an academic at the University of Georgia.