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Jimmy Carter scolded Trump for disrespecting McCain - but his own past comments are just as bad

Former President Jimmy Carter scolded President Donald Trump for not honoring the deceased John McCain, but Carter had been far less kind when the Senator had been alive. (ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

The mainstream media is lauding former President Jimmy Carter for his current comments scolding President Donald Trump for dishonoring the memory of recently deceased John McCain, but Carter's past comments about McCain were just as bad, if not worse.

Carter scolds Trump

In an interview with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC, Carter scolded Trump over his actions to the death of McCain, who had been a vehement critic of the president.

“I think that was a very serious mistake that President Trump made, and his friends and his opponents corrected him, I think, quite adequately," Carter said.

Carter reiterated those comments in an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business Network. "I thought President Trump made a mistake at first by not recognizing John McCain's unquestioned commitment to our country," he told Cavuto.


But Carter's own past comments about McCain were as disrespectful as anything Trump has said. In 2014, McCain compared then-President Barack Obama's foreign policy to that of Carter, as a way to criticize both.

“That’s a compliment to be coming from a warmonger,” Carter fired back when asked to comment.

“He wants to go to war in this country and that country," Carter continued, "and when President Obama refrains from taking the most extreme military action that’s when John McCain compares him to me."

"Milking" his experience as a prisoner of war

In another event from 2008, Carter accused McCain of "milking" his torture at the hands of Vietnamese communists in order to further his political career.

Politico quotes him as saying that McCain was "milking every possible drop of advantage" out of his experience as a prisoner of war.

"John McCain was able to weave in his experience in a Vietnam prison camp," Carter venomously accused, "no matter what the question was."

"It's much better than talking about how he's changed his total character between being a senator, a kind of a maverick," he added, "and his acquiescence in the last few months with every kind of lobbyist pressure that the right-wing Republicans have presented."

Here's the scolding Carter gave Trump on MSNBC:

McCain let it be known that he wanted former presidents George W. Bush and Obama to recite eulogies at his funeral, but snubbed President Trump, with whom he had battled against to his last minute.

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