Trump has just as little respect for his office as he does the men to have previously held it. Former president Jimmy Carter, who has devoted himself to humanitarian efforts since leaving the White House, is the reality tv star’s latest target.
Carter was supposed be awarded Argentina’s highest honor, the Order of the Liberator General San Martín for his tireless work, in particular his advocacy of humans rights in Argentina during the seventies and eighties. The event had been officially announced by the Argentine foreign ministry.
Trump’s administration contacted the Argentine government directly, and told them to withhold Carter’s award.
Carter, a president known for his strong moral compass, has been a vocal critic of Trump. “[Donald Trump] seems to reject the most important moral and ethical principles on which our nation was founded,” Carter said prior to the election. Thin-skinned Trump clearly has not forgotten, and blocking Carter’s well-deserved award is his childish means of revenge.
The Twitter account for the Jimmy Carter library has also taken shots at Trump. Recently they tweeted Jimmy Carter’s approval rating after his first one hundred days. Carter was sitting comfortably at 63%. Trump’s approval rating of 43% is historic, giving him the ignominious distinction of having the least popular first hundred days in the history of American polling.
Carter is a former recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and is the only American president to have received the award for his actions after leaving office.
Trump’s attack on Carter and his sterling human rights record comes at the same time he is inviting the president of the Philippines – who is conducting a homicidal campaign against his own people – to visit the White House.