Depending on your politics and tolerance for economic “malaise,” Jimmy Carter may have been one of the worst presidents in modern history, but most consider him an honorable man and few have accused the former president of the inability to call a spade a spade.
So when it comes to party politics, Carter may be a liberal, but he’s not about to toe the party line just because a politician, or even a fellow former president, has a D beside his name.
In a blockbuster New York Times interview on Sunday, the former president proved as much with several eyebrow raising quotes about former President Obama, his wife Michelle, and even Hillary Clinton.
And his comments about President Trump were even more shocking, especially considering today’s divisive political climate, one in which it seems that ‘Trump-deranged’ Democrats and liberals would oppose the man if he wanted to make puppy adoption easier.
Carter’s first jab “knocked Obama on the Middle East,” admitted the Times. The former president does not think “there’s much hope now that Israelis will ever permit a two-state solution,” mainly because President Obama “made some very wonderful statements, in my opinion, when he first got in office, and then he reneged on that.”
Obama’s refusal to negotiate further with North Korea as well as his bombing of Yemen also drew Carter’s criticism. Asked if he had Obama’s email address, the former president flatly said, “No.”
As to Obama’s $400,000 post-presidential speeches, Carter threw some obvious shade his counterpart’s way, saying, “I don’t care if he gets rich or Clinton gets rich or whatever. I don’t want to get into a bragging position; I’m not trying to do that. But I announced when I was defeated I was not going to be on corporate boards, I was not going to try to enrich myself with speeches. I was patterning my policy after Harry Truman.”
When asked about the Clinton Foundation versus the Carter Center, Carter said, “Rosie and I put money in the Carter Center. We never take any out.”
Jimmy wasn’t the only one tossing shade around like it was free. His wife, Rosalynn, has a few issues with Michelle Obama, making it clear that she was “still hurt” over being “left out of a first ladies lunch” on the issue of mental health held by the last first lady.
Who did he and his wife vote for in the primaries?
“We voted for Sanders,” Carter said.
Finally, as if all this weren’t enough, the former president’s references to President Trump raised more than a few eyebrows and had some wondering whether or not he might be the next Trump employee.
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