President Donald Trump on Saturday dismissed Jimmy Carter’s swipe at the legitimacy of his election and said the charge was nothing more than a “Democrat talking point.”
Trump said he was surprised by Carter’s comments alleging that Russian interference in the 2016 election was responsible for putting Trump in the White House.
“Look, he was a nice man. He was a terrible president. He’s a Democrat. And it’s a typical talking point. He’s loyal to the Democrats. And I guess you should be,” Trump told reporters at a news conference in Japan, adding that, “as everybody now understands, I won not because of Russia, not because of anybody but myself.”
Carter made his comments during a discussion on human rights at a resort in Leesburg, Virginia on Friday. Carter had said there was “no doubt that the Russians did interfere” in 2016.
The 39th president alleged that that interference, “though not yet quantified, if fully investigated would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016. He lost the election and he was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf.”
Trump insisted during the news conference marking the end of a Group of 20 summit in Osaka that he had won because he’d worked harder and smarter than Clinton. He claimed that he’d “felt badly” for Carter because of the way he’d “been trashed within his own party.”
“He’s been badly trashed,” said Trump. “He’s like the forgotten president. And I understand why they say that. He was not a good president.”
Trump responds to Carter:
“He’s a nice man. He was a terrible president. He’s a Democrat and it’s a typical talking point. He’s loyal to the Democrats and I guess you should be …As everybody now understands I won not because of Russia, not because of anybody but myself.” pic.twitter.com/PFU7KVJv43
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) June 29, 2019
Washington Examiner reported:
Carter, an ex-president now for more than 38 years, has also annoyed his Oval Office successors, both Democrats and Republicans. In fall 1990, he drew President George H.W. Bush’s anger over efforts to undermine the international coalition the U.S. and allies were building at the United Nations to eject Iraq from Kuwait, which it occupied that August.
Nearly four years later, Carter infuriated then-President Bill Clinton by inserting himself into diplomatic efforts to make Haiti’s military leaders step down and avert an imminent American-led invasion. And Carter went on to be a fierce critic of President George W. Bush’s foreign policy approach, particularly the Iraq War.
Carter’s 2002 Nobel Peace Prize was largely seen as a rebuke to Bush. Gunnar Berge, the Nobel committee chairman at the time, was blunt about his committee’s intentions. The award “should be interpreted as a criticism of the line that the current administration has taken,” he said.
This article was edited by TheBL.