Former President Jimmy Carter says he considers Donald Trump to be an illegitimate POTUS

Former President Jimmy Carter said Friday that he considers the current president, Donald Trump, to be illegitimate, and that a full investigation would show that Trump didn’t win the 2016 election.

Speaking at a Carter Center conference on human rights, the 39th president was asked directly if he thought Trump was an illegitimate president. Carter replied:

“Based on what I said, which I can’t retract.”

The former president, who served from 1977 to 1981, added:

“I think a full investigation would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016. He lost the election, and he was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf.”

President Carter also slammed Trump for separating migrant children from their parents and placing them in internment camps saying, “Every day we send a terrible signal” with our border policy, which he called, “A disgrace to the United States, and I hope it will soon be ended. Maybe not until the 2020 election.”

At the same Carter Center conference, former Vice President Walter Mondale was also asked about his thoughts on Trump. He told historian Jon Meacham:

“He’s got something deep in him that is detestable. His rhetoric, his harshness, his divisiveness. Doctors tell me they think they recognize symptoms of psychological problems.”

Trump is in Osaka, Japan, for the annual G20 summit, and has not yet responded to President Carter’s remarks, though it seems likely we can expect a tweet or two later today.

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