Jimmy Carter, racism expert?
posted at 10:55 am on September 17, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
Yesterday, I suggested that using the new Jimmy Carter Standard for racism as a cause of criticism of political leaders would make Carter himself one of the most prominent anti-Semites in the US, after Carter’s decades-long criticism of Israel and his palling around with Hamas. Today, Carter tried doubling down on his new standard in an address at Emory University:
Former President Jimmy Carter reiterated Wednesday that he believes racism is an issue for President Obama in trying to lead the country.
“When a radical fringe element of demonstrators and others begin to attack the president of the United States as an animal or as a reincarnation of Adolf Hitler or when they wave signs in the air that said we should have buried Obama with Kennedy, those kinds of things are beyond the bounds,” the Democrat who served from 1977-1981 told students at Emory University.
“I think people who are guilty of that kind of personal attack against Obama have been influenced to a major degree by a belief that he should not be president because he happens to be African American.
“It’s a racist attitude, and my hope is and my expectation is that in the future both Democratic leaders and Republican leaders will take the initiative in condemning that kind of unprecedented attack on the president of the United States,” Carter said.
It turns out that we don’t even need to speculate about Carter Standards, as David Freddoso reports for the Washington Examiner. Freddoso perused Stephen Hayward’s The Real Jimmy Carter and discovered that Carter has first-hand experience in dog-whistle politics:
- Carter’s top campaign staffers were spotted distributing grainy photographs of Sanders arm-in-arm celebrating with two black men. Sanders was a part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks, and in the photograph he was celebrating a victory with two players who were pouring champagne over his head. Carter’s leaflet was intended to depress Sanders’s white vote.
- “The Carter campaign also produced a leaflet noting that Sanders had paid tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.”
- Carter criticized Sanders, a former governor, for preventing Alabama Gov. and notorious segregationist George Wallace from speaking on Georgia state property. “I don’t think it was right for Governor Sanders to try to please a group of ultra-liberals, particularly those in Washington, when it means stifling communication with another state,” said Carter.
- “‘I have no trouble pitching for Wallace votes and black votes at the same time,’ Carter told a reporter. Carter also said to another reporter, ‘I can win this election without a single black vote.'”
- Upon receiving the endorsement of former Democratic Gov. Lester Maddox, Carter responded by praising the life-long segregationist: “He has brought a standard of forthright expression and personal honesty to the governor’s office, and I hope to live up to his standard.” Maddox had not only refused to serve blacks in the restaurant he once owned, but he had also greeted civil rights protestors with a gun, and made sticks available to his white customers with which to intimidate them.
- “The campaign paid for radio ads for a fringe black candidate, C.B. King, in an effort to siphon black votes away from Sanders.”
- “Then there was the radio commercial in which Carter said he would never be the tool of any ‘block’ vote, slurring over the word ‘block’ so that it could be mistaken for ‘black.’
Sounds to me like Carter is suffering from a form of projection — at best. Maybe he feels guilt over his race-baiting tactics from his own career, and wants to alleviate it by painting everyone else as worse.
Michael Steele blasted Carter late yesterday for his remarks (via Radio Vice Online):