President Carter is a world-renown humanitarian and human rights advocate lauded for his work around the globe. In 2002 he received the Nobel Peace Prize, “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”
Inside the right wing echo chamber, however, he’s the Republicans’ favorite whipping boy. To get Ronald Reagan elected 1980, they created a narrative that Carter presided over a period weakness and decline as president. They pointed to the unpopular boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics, his handling of the Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979, and the overall stagnate, inflation-plagued economy the country endured the entire decade as proof.
Despite their dubiousness, those talking points remain among the GOP’s favorite anti-Democratic arguments to this day. Get into a debate with a Republican about the harm one of their presidents may be causing our country, and they will quickly bring up Carter as a counter argument.
With Trump’s 100 days coming to a close, people are starting to ask where the current President stacks-up historically. The Jimmy Carter Library isn’t waiting around to get whipped this time. They went on offense Monday morning with this brilliant tweet:
Jimmy Carter's first 100 days..
Laws passed: 22
Executive orders: 16
Approval rating: 63 percent
— Jimmy Carter Library (@CarterLibrary) April 24, 2017
This begs the question for Trump supporters: If, in your opinion, Jimmy Carter represents the bottom of the barrel of presidents, then where exactly are we now?
That barrel is a lot deeper than we ever realized, apparently.
Peter Mellado is a writer, producer, and a branding and messaging specialist with over 15 years experience. He studied history at San Jose State University, and resides in Los Angeles.