Jimmy Carter Blasts Trump For ‘Violation Of Basic Human Rights’

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Jimmy Carter has some harsh words for Donald Trump.

Former President Jimmy Carter told The New York Times on Monday that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has committed “a violation of basic human rights” and has “tapped a waiting reservoir there of inherent racism.

As The New York Times reports:

In an interview on Monday, Mr. Carter spoke of a resurgence of open racism, saying, “I don’t feel good, except for one thing: I think the country has been reawakened the last two or three years to the fact that we haven’t resolved the race issue adequately.”

He said that Republican animosity toward President Obama had “a heavy racial overtone” and that Donald J. Trump’s surprisingly successful campaign for president had “tapped a waiting reservoir there of inherent racism.”

Carter went on to note that while President Obama being elected was a hopeful sign of progress, racism is still rampant with some Republicans.

“I think there’s a heavy reaction among some of the racially conscious Republicans against an African-American being president,” the former president stated.

Carter pointed out the fact that recent reports showed high unemployment and incarceration among African-Americans “combined with the white police attacks on innocent blacks,” had “reawakened” the country to the reality that racism had not been resolved in the 1960s and 1970s as had been hoped.

He went on to state his belief that Trump had violated “basic human rights” when he referred to Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists and called for a ban on Muslims’ entering the country.

“When you single out any particular group of people for secondary citizenship status, that’s a violation of basic human rights,” added President Carter.


As part of The Elders and The Carter Center, President Jimmy Carter continues to use his voice and influence to inspire a better world. His lifetime achievements are remarkable. A Facebook page called Honoring Jimmy Carter has been created to help pay tribute to this great world leader, peacemaker, and humanitarian. You can visit Honoring Jimmy Carter on Facebook HERE.

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