Democrat Jimmy Carter was our 39th USA president, from 1977 to 1981. He had been a Georgia state senator from 1963 to 1967 and the governor of Georgia from 1971 to 1975. Although from the deep South, Carter was a strong, political anti-segregationist. Before that, he was a businessman who operated his family peanut farm.
Mr. Carter’s most honorable legacy as U.S. president is his accomplishment of getting Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat together, resulting in the Camp David Accords of 1979. It ended decades of hostility between the Israel and Egypt. Carter has been, as I have, a strong advocate of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Carter’s biggest blunder as president, which in my opinion was not that much his fault, was the Iranian Revolution in 1979 that resulted in an Islamic theocratical government and 52 Americans being held hostage for 444 days. President Carter sent a military rescue mission which failed and resulted in eight Americans dying accidentally.
Jimmy Carter is 95 years old and still active. He and his only wife Rosalyn have been married an amazing 72 years. She has accompanied him much of life in his post-presidential, humanitarian work. Mr. Carter is a kind man and somewhat of an intellectual. He has authored thirty books.
Jimmy Carter is also an evangelical Christian who has taught Sunday school for many decades at his Baptist church in Plains, Georgia. He is credited with having had a very profound influence on America with his Christian Faith.
Although Carter is rated as an average American president, he has had an outstanding post-presidential reputation as a peace maker worldwide. He has trotted the globe as a humanitarian by representing his Carter Center and sometimes as a statesman representing the U.S. government. He has promoted democracy by being invited to oversee fair elections in many nations. In 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Despite the fact that Jimmy Carter is a Democrat, President Donald Trump is a Republican, and such a controversial one at that, Jimmy Carter has made some positive, public statements about President Trump, especially about his efforts to create fair trade with other countries.
Nevertheless, about six weeks ago, Jimmy Carter said President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal was “a serious mistake.” (Mr. Carter was a Navy officer on a nuclear submarine during the 1950s.) Carter alleged that it may be “the worst mistake Trump has made so far. When a president signs an agreement, it should be binding on all his successors, unless the situation changes dramatically and it hasn’t changed. Unfortunately, I think it signals a message to North Korea that if the United States signs an agreement, it may or may not be honored.”
Mr. Carter was then asked by historian Jon Meacham, “Do you believe President Trump is an illegitimate president?” Carter answered, “what I just said, . . . I can’t retract. I would say yes.” Carter then explained concerning Mueller’s verification of Russian interference in the 2016 election, “The president himself should condemn it, admit that it happened, which I think 16 intelligence agencies have already agreed to say.”
President Trump responded vociferously yesterday to Mr. Carter’s Friday remarks by trashing Carter as “the forgotten president. . . . a nice man, he was a terrible president.” Well, Donald Trump, I don’t think you’re going to win the Nobel Peace Prize. But you might win the prize for making the most money while in office as the U.S. president.
If I was Jimmy Carter, I wouldn’t let this go. I’m not sure what the best way would be to respond, and I’m saying that as a Christian. But here’s what I’d LIKE to say on behalf of Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump:
Carter: “President Trump, how many women have come forth publicly accusing you of sexually harassing, molesting, or raping them? The New York Times, that “failing FAKE newspaper” as you like to call it, says it’s been 22 during the time you campaigned for the presidency and while you’ve been president. I didn’t have any.”
Carter: “Mr. Trump, how many times does The Washington Post say you have lied publicly since you’ve been president? Isn’t it over 10,000? They didn’t say that of me.”
Carter: “President Trump, how many criminal investigations are ongoing into your activities both before and as you’ve been president? Isn’t it about 17? I didn’t have any.
Carter: “Mr. Trump, how many times did you yell at your political rallies about Hilary Clinton, saying ‘Lock her up’? I think you should worry that someday they might lock you up.”
Carter: “Donald Trump, if they do lock you up, you will be able to relish in the fact that because of that alone, you will not be ‘a forgotten president.'”