Former President Jimmy Carter gave a wide-ranging interview to the New York Times that must have made that paper’s editors sorry they talked to him. Carter told the Times that the media have been harder on Trump than any other President in his experience and feel free to call him names such as “mentally deranged” without hesitation. He further noted that the media’s favorite President ever-ever-ever, Barack Obama, “made some very wonderful statements, in my opinion, when he first got in office, and then he reneged on that.”
It proves once again that no matter what you think of how well he did as President, Jimmy Carter is one of a sadly rare breed of politicians who place honesty above partisanship. That probably isn’t enough to win him the job he offered to take as Trump’s peace emissary to North Korea (previous Democratic Presidents have given away enough to North Korea already), but it’s still something worth celebrating in this age when people in positions of responsibility in politics and the media go around trash-talking the President like surly teenagers after drinking their first beer.