Former President Jimmy Carter made a pointed dig at President Donald Trump during a recent speaking engagement when he went so far as to call him an illegitimate president.
Moderator and historian Jon Meacham posed a statement and then a question saying, “Russia, it has been proven by our intelligence committee, has interfered with one of our human rights, which is the right of free and fair elections. What is your reaction, how should we deal with that.
“Well, the president himself should condemn it, admit that it happened, which I think it was 16 of our intelligence agencies have agreed to say,” Carter said while speaking at an event in Leesburg, Va.
“There’s no doubt that the Russians did interfere in the elections and I think the interference, although not yet quantified, if fully investigated would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016,” Carter said
“He lost the election and he was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf,” Carter said.
When asked by the moderator if he believed Trump was then an “illegitimate” president, Carter replied: “Based on what I just said, which I can’t retract, I would say yes,” Carter finished as the crowd laughed at his assessment of the president.
Former President Jimmy Carter: If fully investigated, it would show that Trump didn't actually win the election in 2016. He lost the election and he was put in office because the Russians interfered …on his behalf.
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While the results have been hotly debated, the almost two-year investigation into the president by someone that up until the results came out, Democrats said they had the utmost faith in, showed insufficient evidence to charge the president, or his associates with conspiracy with the Russians to commit election fraud.
“Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” states Mueller’s 448-page report, according to The Hill.