Former president Jimmy Carter supported and endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. He claimed that she had “deep understanding” of issues. Now, he realizes that she didn’t quite have a handle on things like he originally thought.
Here is his endorsement ad for Clinton in 2016:
Carter isn’t singing the same tune anymore though. In a recent interview with The New York Times he stated that he doesn’t believe Russia played a part in “stealing” the election from Clinton, but rather that she did this to herself.
He said, “I don’t think there’s any evidence that what the Russians did changed enough votes, or any votes.”
He said that his wife, Rosie, disagrees with him. “Rosie and I have a difference of opinion on that.” She said, “They [the Russians] obviously did.”
The comments from the former president and first lady, who say they voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Democratic primary, come as the congressional and federal probes continue to investigate alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian election meddling.
The probes have recently zeroed in on social media’s role in the election after it was revealed that Russian-based hackers used social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to attempt to influence the race.
Trump tweeted on Saturday that Facebook was on Hillary’s side during the election, and now too.
Crooked Hillary Clinton spent hundreds of millions of dollars more on Presidential Election than I did. Facebook was on her side, not mine!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 21, 2017
Carter also says that the media has been harder on Trump than any of the previous presidents. “I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about,” he continued, “I think they feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation.”
USA Today reports:
Carter also defended Trump against claims that the current president’s aggressive style is souring U.S. relations with the world. “Well, he might be escalating it but I think that precedes Trump,” he told the Times. “The United States has been the dominant character in the whole world and now we’re not anymore. And we’re not going to be. Russia’s coming back and India and China are coming forward.”
Perhaps Carter is seeking to placate Trump as part of a job interview: The 93-year-old former president said he is willing to undertake a diplomatic mission to North Korea to discuss its nuclear weapons program.
Carter told the Times he had discussed the North Korea issue with H.R. McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser.
“I told him that I was available if they ever need me,” Carter said.
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