Former President Jimmy Carter made some remarks about the legitimacy of the current president. During his attendance at a forum in Virginia on Friday, Carter stated that Trump did not win the 2016 election on his own merit; furthermore, the 39th president also claimed that an “investigation” would show that the Russian government is responsible for the current president’s ascension to the White House.
Of course, President Trump had words for Jimmy Carter after these remarks. During a press conference earlier today from Japan, the president censured Carter as an individual and as a former commander-in-chief, as documented by Fox News.
Reviewing Carter and Trump’s Statements
Carter’s statements about an “investigation” are quite interesting. It’s almost as if he doesn’t remember the nearly two-year-long investigation headed by special counsel Robert Mueller. The investigation lasted so long, wasting so many taxpayer dollars and yet, when it was all over, neither Mueller nor his team could prove that Trump colluded with the Russian government. They couldn’t even charge Trump with a crime. What does that tell you?
Sadly, Carter doesn’t seem to care very much. His remarks about the legitimacy of President Trump’s victory in the 2016 election read as follows:
“He lost the election, and he was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf. I think a full investigation would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016.”
When directly asked, the 39th president outrightly stated that he believes Donald Trump is an illegitimate president.
'Trump didn't actually win the election in 2016. He lost the election, and he was put into office because the Russians interfered.' —Former Pres. Jimmy Carter says Trump is an 'illegitimate president.' pic.twitter.com/SG7UwA5dUU
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Response from President Trump
As we all know, after Carter’s assertions, President Trump was well within his rights to issue a response…and he did just that. Following the aforementioned statements, the sitting president weighed in on Carter’s assessment from Japan.
In Trump’s own words:
“I won Michigan, I won Wisconsin, I won Pennsylvania, I won states that traditionally haven’t been won by Republicans for many years. This had nothing to do with anybody but the fact that I worked harder and much smarter than Hillary Clinton did.”
The president also stated that Carter’s remarks “surprised” him before noting the criticism which Carter has faced from Democrats:
“He’s been trashed within his own party, he’s been badly trashed. I felt bad for him because you look over the years, his party has virtually … he’s like the forgotten president and I understand why they say that.”
The Results of the Russia Investigation
Regardless of whatever issues Carter is facing within his party, his statements about President Trump are pretty pitiful. Carter ought to be able to recall the Russia investigation which took place and failed to affirm this narrative of collusion. The left-wing’s inability to stop beating the dead horse that is Russia will continue to harm them politically.
What do you think about Jimmy Carter’s statements and President Trump’s rebuttal? Let us know in the comments section down below!
Gabrielle Seunagal is a full-time writer. Some of her favorite subjects to write about include politics, cybersecurity, and current events. When Gabrielle is not advancing her writing career, she is reading, traveling, or studying martial arts.