It’s a lie that has never been proven, mind you, but it’s been told so many times that now it’s been baked into the cultural landscape.
There are a few Democrats — not many — who don’t believe the fabrication, however, and one of them spoke out about the claim recently: Former President Jimmy Carter.
In an interview last week, Carter downplayed the notion that the Russians could have changed the outcome of the election, even if they had seriously tried — and he’s doubtful about that.
The New York Times asked Carter directly, “Did the Russians purloin the election from Hillary?”
He responded: “I don’t think there’s any evidence that what the Russians did changed any votes.”
No, of course it didn’t. And do you know what other Democrat has said so? Barack Obama.
In December, Obama crushed the Russia conspiracy hoax when he said flatly that the Russians did not and could not alter the election results.
“We were frankly more concerned in the run-up to the election to the possibilities of vote tampering, which we did not see evidence of,” Obama said during an interview on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah. “And we’re confident that we can guard against.”
He went on to drop yet another truth bomb the Alt-Left media and pundit class have long since forgotten or still ignore regarding Russian attempts to influence the outcome of American elections and political decisions.
“None of this should be a big surprise,” Obama said. “Russia trying to influence our elections dates back to the Soviet Union.”
As for Carter, he had some other interesting things to tell the Times. While he and his wife disagreed over alleged Russian involvement, they were in alignment as far as who they voted for last year. And it wasn’t Hillary Clinton. (Related: Jimmy Carter speaks: Defends Trump; didn’t vote for Clinton; knocks Obama.)
“We voted for [Democratic presidential contender and avowed socialist Sen. Bernie] Sanders,” they said.
But what about Obama? What do the Carters think of him? Well, they understand that he breezed into office on a campaign message of “hope and change” but didn’t deliver on those pledges, at least not in the context that they were made; we got plenty of “change” but little of it for the better.
“He made some very wonderful statements, in my opinion, when he first got into office, and then he reneged on that,” said Carter, mostly in response to his Middle East foreign policy (Obama pledged to get America out of the wars there but he only got us out of Iraq, which was then taken over by ISIS for a time).
Carter also made some surprising statements regarding President Trump — and they were spot-on.
“I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about,” he said. “I think they feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation.”
In fact, that’s true, and studies have proven it. A study released earlier this month by the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project found that news reports about Trump are much more focused on his personality than his policies and thus tend to be more negative. “Fully two-thirds of news stories about Trump from his first 60 days in office were negative by that definition — more than twice the negativity seen in stories from the first 60 days of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush or Barack Obama's presidencies,” reported WAMC, citing figures from the study.
Carter also said he would jump at the opportunity to go back to North Korea on behalf of the Trump administration and attempt to convince Pyongyang to surrender its nuclear weapons program, like he did in 1994 (but without President Clinton’s blessing).
J.D. Heyes is also editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel.