Last week, after realizing he was never going to convince the American people that his racist border wall was smart or necessary, Donald Trump tried a different tactic. He claimed that unnamed past U.S. Presidents had privately told him that they wished they’d built a border wall when they were in office. It it turns out, Jimmy Carter has something to say about that.
After Donald Trump’s obviously false claim, representatives for Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and the late George H.W. Bush all quickly stated that no such conversations ever took place. It’s taken Jimmy Carter a bit longer to respond, but he’s now released this statement via Twitter: “I have not discussed the border wall with President Trump, and do not support him on the issue.”
President Carter was the only one left who hadn’t yet spoken up, meaning he was the only one Donald Trump could have been referring to. By disputing him, Carter is – politely but unmistakably – calling Trump a liar. So now what?
As always, Donald Trump is counting on his base to be too uninformed, too uninterested in the truth, or some combination of both, to ever find out that he’s clearly lying. Then again, it’s not clear why Trump’s base would care what any former U.S. Presidents might have to say about anything. At this point anyone still supporting Trump is clearly standing against the United States anyway.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report