Former President Jimmy Carter isn’t known to jump to public criticism. The retired peanut farmer has mostly focused on working with Habitat for Humanity and enjoying retirement.
However, in a recent interview with The Washington Post, Carter didn’t mince words when discussing the current president:
I think he’s a disaster In human rights and taking care of people and treating people equal.
His wife, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, concurred:
The worst is that he is not telling the truth, and that just hurts everything.
The Post article highlighted the differences in lifestyle between the two presidents, noting the stark contrast of Carter’s modest ranch to Donald Trump’s infamous gold-plated properties which, to many, invoke King Midas more than a president. Carter alluded to this as well when discussing the current emphasis on wealth overtaking American culture, lamenting that “Money is now preeminent. I mean, it’s just gone to hell now.”
Many on Twitter noted Carter’s usual hesitation to criticize so publicly.
Dude, when a man of grace like President Carter calls you a disaster…… that pretty bad! #VoteCoyote2020!!!
— Laughing Coyote Quilts (@laughing_coyote) August 24, 2018
He has honor, compassion, and I agree that I don't think he has ever criticised someone or at least publicly. It is bad when this kind man says DT is a disaster.
— Psylocke, PhD, MPH, MSW (@AmaClete) August 23, 2018
You're fucking crazy. The nicest man in the world, Jimmy Carter, said today that you're a disaster as president.
— AbbyNormalSomeone (@NewAbnormal19) August 21, 2018
They also noted Carter’s reputation for decency as a whole–another difference between him and the current president.
Jimmy Carter is everything that can be good in America, @realDonaldTrump is everything that is bad in America
— Al Barney (@albarney) August 21, 2018
Jimmy Carter practices Jesus Christs teaching, sooo much better then, Gay-bashing, Gun-celebrating @realDonaldTrump -Christians….. He is my Hero!
— Mikael Stenlund (@RobberMikeSwede) August 17, 2018
Jimmy Carter is the antithesis of Donald Trump.
— Dave's not here (@Daves_n0t_here) August 20, 2018
Donald Trump's should dream of ever being half the man Jimmy Carter is.
— Carolyn Phillips (@Carolyn091550) August 20, 2018
While Carter’s statements in The Washington Post represent his most direct criticisms of the president, they’re not his first.