Former President Jimmy Carter said the media was “harder” on President Donald Trump than previous presidents, The New York Times reported Saturday.
“I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president, certainly that I’ve known about,” Carter said. “I think they feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation.”
Lawmakers and critics have questioned Trump’s fitness for office, with one lawmaker, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., introducing a resolution last August suggesting the president undergo a physical and mental health exam, The Hill reported Sunday.
Carter also doesn’t believe the current president’s “America First” strategy is out of step with the larger world, spoiling international relations. “Well, he might be escalating it but I think that precedes Trump,” he told the Times. “The United States has been the dominant character in the whole world and now we’re not anymore. And we’re not going to be. Russia’s coming back and India and China are coming forward.”
While Carter’s comments about the media might please Trump, an ex-presidential couple might not be too happy with the Times interview: Bill Clinton and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“We voted for (Bernie) Sanders” in the primary, Carter said.