Count former President Jimmy Carter among those who believe talk of impeaching President Donald Trump is a non-starter for Democrats.
Appearing on the Fox Business Network, host Neil Cavuto gave the former president several opportunities to speak freely about his views of Trump, but Carter didn’t take the bait.
One opportunity centered around Trump’s actions regarding the death of Sen. John McCain.
“I thought that President Trump made a mistake at first by not recognizing John McCain’s unquestioned commitment to our country in the Navy and as a prisoner of war, and also in his service in Congress,” Carter said reasonably.
“But I think that his last statement that I read yesterday has corrected that and the flag would be lowered in honor of John McCain’s service to our country until appropriate time,” he added. “So I think earlier mistakes that were made have been adequately corrected.”
Citing the talk of a blue wave from Democrats, some of whom are also talking about impeaching the president, Cavuto then asked Carter his thoughts about that.
“Not me, I don’t talk about impeachment,” Carter said. “I think that’s a wrong thing for Democrats to do and I think the outcome of the 2018 election are just completely unknown now.”
The former president said that while he’s not actively involved in politics, he will be “helping Democrats the best I can,” but left the decision up to the folks.
“I think that the American people will make the right choice,” he said.
A telling moment may have occurred when Carter presumed that the Fox News host would be voting Republican.
“You would be surprised at my political leanings, Mr. President,” Cavuto replied with a smile.
Cavuto took another crack at it when he mentioned Trump’s comment about kissing the market rally good-bye if he’s impeached, which prompted an interesting answer from Carter.
“I think the president has much less influence over the economy than certainly publicized by the president himself,” he replied. “I know when I was in office, you know, some bad things happened with the economy, I never did feel that — that I personally was responsible for it.”
Carter rambled on about “taxation and federal reserve access to money and things like that” having more to do with the economy, along with “the general attitude in the business community,” than an incumbent president, adding that “whenever the economy goes up the president takes credit for it.”
But then, if Carter had any grasp of how the economy works, Ronald Reagan would just be a footnote in American history.
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