Jimmy Carter has oddly come out of the shadows to voice support and defend President Trump. This has raised some eyebrows on both sides of the aisle as 93-year-old Carter has been a long-time opponent of conservative ideology and hasn’t spoken very highly of Trump since he decided to run for President in 2015.
In a recent New York Times interview, Carter stated that he has never seen the media behave so harsh on a President in his lifetime. He said, “I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about. I think they feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation.” Carter also praised Trump’s diplomatic initiatives in the Middle East, as revealed in the New York Times interview.
Carter recently took a dig at Trump when he told Thom Hartmann’s radio show that the US is now “an oligarchy” where “unlimited political bribery” is a path to the presidency. He has also voiced opposition with how Trump has handled some of his diplomatic efforts. So why is he suddenly shifting towards praising and defending President Trump?
Carter admitted in his NYT interview that he is trying to wiggle his way into helping the Trump Administration deal with North Korea. He said he reached out to Trump’s National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster saying, “I told him that I was available if they ever need me.” He then went on to say that he received negative feedback about the idea from the administration. What could be the reason for the negative feedback regarding Carter handling North Korea?
President Trump wants to do what previous administrations have failed to do, which is taking a tough stance on North Korea and put an end to the grave threat they pose to the world. We have seen failed deal after failed deal, dating back to Jimmy Carter’s mission when Bill Clinton was in office. And is a large reason why we are now in the current predicament with the now nuclear-armed, America-hating country.
Carter flew into Pyongyang in the 90’s on behalf of then President Bill Clinton and made a ‘deal’ with Kim Il-sung, the grandfather of the current leader, Kim Jong-un. And North Korea, of course, cheated on the deal by pursuing another path to a bomb within 4 years. The same thing has happened with any other ‘deal’ that has been struck since then which has now allowed for NOKO to acquire nuclear capability–the exact thing previous administrations were trying to prevent. And this is exactly why President Trump is not jumping on the idea of sending someone weak like Jimmy Carter over to North Korea. It will only result in more of the same.
President Trump symbolizes peace through strength, something we haven’t quite seen since the glorious Ronald Reagan days. The idea of might and power to bring our enemy to their knees is not in the blood of Carter. Carter couldn’t even free hostages from Iran while President, so why should President Trump put his faith in Carter to make a crazed person such as Kim Jong Un to follow his orders?
President Trump was elected into office because America was tired of being pushed around and walked over by other countries. The President knows this and has exhibited pure strength that our enemies aren’t used to. It will take other measures than that of prior administrations to make America and our world safe again. North Korea is being dealt with and time will prove President Trump’s strategy is working.