Trump Jimmy Carter forgotten—Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter, 94, questioned the legitimacy of the presidency of Donald Trump, arguing that he owed his election to Russia’s maneuvers.
On Friday, June 28, the former US head of state questioned the legitimacy of the mandate of his successor. Jimmy Carter, President of the United States from 1977 to 1981, said in a public debate: “I think that a thorough investigation would prove that Trump did not really win the 2016 election. He lost the election and was put in his role because the Russians intervened in his favor.”
The historian Jon Meacham, who moderated the debate, asked him if he thought Donald Trump was ‘an illegitimate president’, Carter stared and said with a smile:’ That’s basically what I just said, I can not pull it off. “
Trump not being one to quietly take a shot responded to the former president’s claim. Trump described Mr. Carter as a “nice man” who was “trashed by his own party.”
“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,” he added.
"He's a nice man, he was a terrible president."— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) June 29, 2019
Trump says he won the U.S. elections not because of Russia, in response to Carter's recent comments #G20 #G20大阪サミット #G20Summit pic.twitter.com/Nn8gOLUzoN
Jimmy Carter, 94, is the oldest of the former US presidents. Carter has not been particularly critical of the president so far. And he has even praised the policies put in place by Trump. On Friday, however, he was virulent against some of the measures taking by the current administration, particularly with regard to the treatment of refugees at the border with Mexico.