Even Jeff Flake defended Trump against Jimmy Carter’s shocking statement

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It seems former President Jimmy Carter’s remarks that President Trump wasn’t legitimately elected were too much even for Trump critic Jeff Flake.

In a rare defense of Trump, the former Arizona senator called out Carter for the “awful thing” he said as he reacted in a tweet on Friday.

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“This is an awful thing for one American president to say about another,” Flake, the former GOP senator who was no fan of Trump himself, tweeted. “Argue that he shouldn’t be reelected, sure, but don’t say that he wasn’t legitimately elected.”

Discussing Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation during a Democratic forum on Friday, Carter argued that further study would show that Trump “didn’t actually win” the 2016 election.

“There’s no doubt that the Russians did interfere in the election. And I think the interference, although 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,” the one-term former Democratic president said at the Carter Center’s retreat in Leesburg, Virginia.

The 94-year-old paused after being asked if that meant he thought Trump is an “illegitimate president.”

“Based on what I just said, which I can’t retract, I’d say yes,” Carter said as the audience broke into laughter.

While Carter has been critical of some of Trump’s foreign policy decisions, he has not been as adversarial as some of his successors. The two spoke for the first time in April when they shared a “very good telephone conversation” on US-China trade negotiations, among other topics, according to the White House.

But after Carter’s comments on Friday, Trump responded in Japan at the G-20 summit that Carter was a “nice man, terrible president,” and said he is a Democrat repeating a “typical talking point.”

Meanwhile, Flake doubled down on his criticism of Carter in a follow-up tweet calling to mind Trump’s “awful embrace of birtherism” when attacking former President Obama.

Flake’s unusual defense of Trump ignited the left which roasted him on Twitter.

Many Twitter users, however, slammed Carter’s comments and were surprised by Flake”s defense of Trump.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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