Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter revealed Monday night that he voted for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary.
On Monday, The 39th US President Carter and Sanders 39th US President were engaged in a discussion over politics and human rights at the Carter Center on Human Rights in downtown Atlanta. Sanders delivered a keynote speech in which he considered a building bottom-up Democrat party and boosting voter turnout in the United States to “revitalize American democracy”
Carter’s endorsement of Sanders
“Can y’all see why I voted for him?” Former President Carter said of Sanders while addressing the audience.
Carter kept his choice under wraps during the Democratic presidential race between Sanders and Clinton; however, Carter’s repugnance to the Clintons is proverbial.
Carter is said to be Sander’s highest-ranking adherent in the Democratic Party. Only one Democratic senator Oregon Sen, Jeff Merkley and some House members and governors supported Sanders.
The Carter’s and the Clinton’s repugnance
The Carters and Clintons have long had a frosty history, although both had been Southern Democrats before arriving at the White House.
In 1992, Carter opposed Bill Clinton, saying “people are looking for somebody who is honest and tells the truth.” and he passed over the 1996 Democratic National Convention. In 2008, Carter supported former President Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton, showing disapproval of the Clintons’ policy.
However, in 2016, he said that expected that Clinton would win the primary “because money dominates and she has an inside track to the massive amounts that are going to pour into the Democratic Party.”
And during the general election last year, Carter stated he was holding his nose as he voted for the “quite unpopular” Clinton. “Everybody knows that I’m a Democrat, and I’ll be voting Democratic,” Carter said.
Carter uncovers the reason behind Americans voting for Trump
“It’s been an exciting and unprecedented kind of campaign this year, and unfortunately, the way it’s turned out, both choices in the major parties are quite unpopular,” Carter said at the time.
As Carter shared the stage with Sander, Carter said he thought Americans voted for Donald Trump due to “dissatisfaction with the existing system of politics.”
“People were willing to just take a chance and abandon democracy and what we knew about its basic principles just to try something new, no matter what it was,” Carter explained.