For years, presidents of this country typically do not speak out negatively about any president who follows them but Former President Jimmy Carter threw caution to the wind on Friday when he said that he believed that a full investigation into the Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election would reveal a truth: that Donald Trump didn’t actually win the presidency.
Carter, speaking at the Carter Center’s retreat in Leesburg, Virginia, said,
“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.”-Former President Jimmy Carter
Special counsel Robert Mueller conducted the Russian investigation and his report indeed found that Russia perpetrated a “sweeping and systematic” attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election with the end goal being electing Trump as president. Mueller could not, however, prove that there was conspiracy between Trump’s campaign and Moscow.
Trump, who has been in Osaka, Japan, was asked to respond to the comments made by Carter he said that this was a typical talking point for Democrats and continued, calling Carter, a “nice man, terrible president”.
Trump went on to defend his 2016 win. He said he “worked harder and worked smarter” than Hillary Clinton.
Previously, Carter has shared a distinctly better relationship with Trump than the current President has had with any of the other living presidents. Carter has been critical of a few Trump choices, like his foreign policy and his propensity for igniting racial spats but he has also been willing to help President Trump, even taking the time earlier this year to speak to Trump by phone, offering help with the US-China trade negotiations. Carter even went on record with The New York Times to say that the media was “harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about.”