Don’t count former President Jimmy Carter among the select number of Democrats vying for the impeachment of President Trump if they win the House during this November’s midterm elections.
“I don’t talk about impeachment,” he said on Tuesday during an interview with FOX Business’ Neil Cavuto. “I think that’s the wrong thing for Democrats to do.”
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Calls from the left to pursue impeachment spiked when the president’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty last week to making illegal campaign contributions and said he’d been directed to do so by Trump. Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was also found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes, including tax fraud.
However, top House Democrats — including Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. — have largely pushed back on calls to pursue that option, hoping to appeal to more moderate voters during the Nov. 6 midterms.
Trump himself warned against impeachment, saying that if he were ousted from the White House, it would likely cause the markets to crash and “everybody would be very poor.”
Most market experts Opens a New Window. tend to disagree with this theory, and so does Carter, who said the general attitude in the business community and policies implemented by the Federal Reserve have much more to do with the economy than the president or politics do.
“I think the president has much less influence over the economy than is certainly publicized by the president himself,” Carter said. “I know when I was in office, some bad things happened with the economy. I never did feel that I was responsible for it.”
Carter, who has been a former president for 37 years, longer than any other in American history, said the U.S. has been going through a “phase of difficulty” in terms of polarization. But, he said, the country has overcome disparities in the past.
“I don’t have any doubt that basic principles of America and the basic status we have of equality between people will prevail in the long term,” he said.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said recently that Jesus would approve of gay marriage and certain abortions in an interview with HuffPost Live.
Speaking of his faith, Mr. Carter said in his career as a politician he never ran across “any really serious conflicts between my political obligations and my religious faith.”
Asked about gay marriage, he replied that it is “no problem with me. I think everybody should have a right to get married regardless of their sex.
Regarding whether he thinks Jesus would approve of gay marriage, Carter replied,
“I don’t have any verse in Scripture,” but added, “I believe that Jesus would approve of gay marriage.”
“I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else,” he said.
Apparently he hasn’t read his Bible, ever.
22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. 23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.
24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:
1 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
The 39th president did add a caveat concerning religious liberty and the right to “opt out” of same-sex marriage.
“The only thing I would draw a line on,” he said, is “I wouldn’t be in favor of the government being able to force a local church congregation to perform gay marriages if they didn’t want to. But those two partners should be able to go to a local courthouse or to a different church and get married.”
Mr. Carter said that abortion has always been a struggle for him, because he does not believe Jesus would be in favor of most abortions.
“I have had a problem with abortion. This has been a long-time problem of mine,” he said.
“I have a hard time believing that Jesus would approve abortions unless it was because of rape or incest or if the mother’s life was in danger. So I’ve had that struggle,” he said.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
August 28th, 2018