This wasn’t an official endorsement mind you; this was simply a matter of choosing between a conservative (Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)) and the more “malleable” Donald Trump.
The former President was in Great Britain to deliver a lecture before the British House of Lords on Wednesday when a reporter diverted him from the task at hand by asking him a question about the presidential race back home.
Carter opined that he believed Trump would soon fade away in the GOP primary as conservative voters settled on a more realistic (i.e. mainstream) candidate.
However, if it came down to Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, Carter is of the opinion that he’d rather see a President Trump. Why?
Because Cruz is an ideological conservative who truly believes what he says, while Carter believes that Trump has no “fixed” positions and would be more “malleable” as President.
Translation? Carter believes that Democrats could manipulate Trump into doing the things that they want to see done, whereas they’d face stiff opposition from Cruz.
“If I had a choice between Cruz and Trump – I think I would choose Trump, which may surprise some of you…
The reason is, Trump has proven already he’s completely malleable. I don’t think he has any fixed positions that he’d go the White House and fight for.
On the other hand, Ted Cruz is not malleable. He has far-right wing policies, in my opinion, that he’d pursue if and when he became president.”
When made aware that Carter had voiced a preference for him over Senator Cruz, Donald Trump made light of the “endorsement,” telling ABC News of Carter, “He’s got good taste.”
I’m not so sure that should be the lesson we draw from anything that Jimmy Carter says. Remember, Carter could likely be listed among the worst Presidents to ever lead our nation. In fact, the only thing that has softened Carter’s image in recent years has been the abysmal failure of the Obama administration. Either way, it is interesting to hear such plain-spoken commentary from a solidly liberal Democrat, and it should give voters something new to think about as they enter the voting booth when the primary comes to their state.
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