President Donald Trump earned praise from an unexpected person over the weekend — Jimmy Carter.
The former president said during a Sunday school lesson that he agreed with the president’s decision to back out of a retaliatory attack on Iran after the country shot down a United States drone.
The 94-year-old Carter addressed the topic of Trump and Iran while speaking to a crowd of about 500 at the Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia.
“I agree with President Trump on his decision not to take military action against Iran,” Carter said. “I had a lot of problems with Iran when I was in office.”
Carter, a Navy veteran, went on to say that he is against most of the wars that America has been engaged in.
“We’re supposed to be a ‘Christian’ nation, are we not? But we are known throughout the world as the most warlike country on Earth. And I would say almost all the wars in which we’ve been involved have been unnecessary,” he said.
Carter continued, “So if God’s kingdom was on Earth, we would live totally at peace with each other. Maybe that’s an individual choice too. Not just between nations not being at war, but with a friendly attitude, or a loving attitude to other people that are different than us.”
The Sunday class was the first Carter had given since falling and breaking his hip in May.
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The Maranatha Baptist Church has a congregation of about 30, but people travel from all over to see Carter on the Sundays that he speaks.
“Here in Plains for Sunday School with President Carter. First person in line got here at 8pm last night and camped out. Arrive after 2:30am? There are several overflow rooms,” one Twitter user posted about the latest Sunday event. They added a picture of the line of people waiting to see Carter speak.
Here in Plains for Sunday School with President Carter. First person in line got here at 8pm last night and camped out. Arrive after 2:30am? There are several overflow rooms. #gapol pic.twitter.com/sq592vN75g
— Emma N. Hurt (@Emma_Hurt) June 23, 2019
The actual town of Plains has a population of about 700 people. Carter’s Sunday speeches date back to 1981 when he moved to the town from Washington D.C.
“As polarized as our country is right now, I wanted to come hear a president that believes peace is possible, even among the most vicious of enemies,” Andy Oliver, a Florida pastor, told NPR about attending the latest Carter event. “Just wanted to come and feel inspired this morning. And wanted my son to hear that too.”
Some attendees praised Carter for being able to admit to agreeing with Trump, something many Democrats currently serving seem incapable of doing.
“Within the first five minutes he said President Trump is doing something good … a lot of people would not do that if you’re from the Democratic [Party]. That goes to the kind of person he is,” Cathy Smith of Milton, Georgia said.
Maranatha Pastor Tony Lowden said people travel to see Carter speak because they are desperate to hear a public figure push the “truth.”
“It’s unbelievable to hear the crowd that comes to hear the truth,” he said. “And I believe people come in, searching for the truth. I think Americans all across the country are looking for someone that’s going to tell them the truth.”
President Trump signed an executive order on Monday imposing new sanctions on Iran.
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