Jimmy Carter, at almost 95 years of age, is the oldest living President in United States history.
I greatly admire Mr. Carter for his work with Habitat for Humanity which, among other things, builds simple housing for poor people.
But there are things I do not at all admire Jimmy Carter for.
One of them is his abysmal record as a one-term President. Another is his unwavering hatred for Israel and concomitant rationales for just about everything Palestinian Arabs do to try and obliterate it.
And another is his propensity for making political statements that are so ridiculous it makes me wonder if he is even compos mentis.
Here is the latest, pulled from John Hinderaker’s article at powerlineblog.com:
Jimmy Carter’s latest is at best delusional. It seems almost inconceivable that a former president would say something like this, but we live in a time when all norms have been abandoned by the Democratic Party:
There is no doubt that the Russians did interfere in the election.
By buying a tiny handful of Facebook ads that promoted Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein, and attacked Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton, and, allegedly, by phishing the DNC’s email system with the result that more people became aware of the obvious fact that the DNC had helped Hillary get the nomination.
And I think the interference, though not yet quantified, if fully investigated would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016. He lost the election and he was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf.
For anyone in public life to utter such an absurdity, let alone a former president, is contemptible. But let’s recall that Jimmy Carter is not exactly a reliable source when it comes to elections. A reader reminded me of this news report from September 2012:
Former US President Jimmy Carter has declared that Venezuela’s electoral system is the best in the world.
There are a great many more simple houses for poor people to be built. I hope Jimmy Carter, even at his advanced age, can be involved in building them…
…in no small part because, if he does, maybe it will occupy enough of his time so that he won’t make any more imbecilic comments like the one referenced above.
Do us all a favor, Mr. Carter, and stick to building the houses.