Jimmy Carter calls Donald Trump’s talk of rigged election ‘baseless’

In this 2014 photo, Jimmy Carter discusses his role in his grandson Jason Carter's gubernatorial campaign. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

In this 2014 photo, Jimmy Carter discusses his role in his grandson Jason Carter’s gubernatorial campaign. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Las Vegas – Former President Jimmy Carter called Donald Trump’s claims that the presidential election is “rigged” undermines trust in the U.S. election process.

“The Carter Center has observed more than 100 elections around the world, some of them quite problematic,” Carter said in a statement Wednesday. “However, allegations of potential rigging of U.S. elections, as well as of widespread voter fraud, are baseless, serving only to undermine confidence in our democratic processes and inflame tensions.”

The Georgia Democrat became the latest in a string of high-profile leaders from both parties to call Trump’s claims unfounded and irresponsible. The Atlanta-based Carter Center added in a statement that it has “great confidence in the overall administrative integrity” of U.S. elections.

Related: All about Georgia’s voting system and ballot security

“The Carter Center notes that no election is perfect and that there will be isolated administrative incidents in U.S. elections as in every election conducted around the world,” read the statement. “However, these incidents should not call into question the integrity of the entire election.”

Trailing in the polls and abandoned by dozens of Republican leaders, Trump has sowed doubts about the integrity of America’s vote. He has for months claimed that media bias is influencing the vote for Clinton, but this week he said the vote is also being manipulated.

“The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary — but also at many polling places — SAD,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

U.S. Sen. David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins are among the Georgia Republicans who urged Trump to stop claiming the election is rigged. And Secretary of State Brian Kemp said Georgia elections officials have “earned voters’ confidence” though he hasn’t criticized Trump.

Top Democrats, meanwhile, have laid into the GOP nominee – and worried he could do lasting damage to the nation’s trust in the voting process. President Barack Obama told him to “stop whining.” And Hillary Clinton’s campaign called it a last act of desperation.

Related: Georgia confident about election security despite stream of questions

For more of the AJC’s latest on the election:

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Wednesday’s debate could bring the demise of the spousal handshake

One last time: A presidential rumble in Las Vegas

Debate gives Trump, Clinton last big opportunity to appeal to public

Georgia’s College Republicans revolt over Donald Trump

Florida, once again, could play lead role in deciding election

 

 

 

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154 comments
Faye Harwell
Faye Harwell

Is he aware of Soros ' rigged machines and Hillary's blond folliwers?

Annette Preston
Annette Preston

What do you call all the dead people voting for Hillary is that rigged or the sheriff letting the democratic felons vote or the collage kid regestering dead people voting for Hillary or 30 thousand ballots for Hillary in a wearhouse RIGGED

Pam Rogers
Pam Rogers

Go back in your broom closet. You were and are a joke.

Quinn Williamson
Quinn Williamson

He is a disgrace to our state of Georgia,wish he was removed.

Shirley Dunlap
Shirley Dunlap

I'm a native Georgian and I could not care less what carter thinks nor what he says.

Jacqueline Simmons
Jacqueline Simmons

Oh my gosh ...This man had the Title of Worst President Until Obama Took it away from him ...He needs to crawl back into his Peanut Shell and continue to be invisible ...We are not interested in his thoughts or opinions !

Jason Ledford
Jason Ledford

Really? The DNC proved how rigged the system was, and now we are told that it's not rigged and any belief is baseless? How naive are we?

R Michael Sasser
R Michael Sasser

Of course the Georgia liberal says that. His team is losing

Howard Hulsebus
Howard Hulsebus

Dementia is terrible someone please read and be gentle when you get to the four million dead registered voters he could join them.

V Lamar Butler
V Lamar Butler

To many dead democraps vote 5 times if you check how many voted for Obama

Janet Green
Janet Green

One more example of being out of it all!!

Marilyn Sparks
Marilyn Sparks

Cant believe good ole jimmy would do this, what a dog.

Gary Tressler
Gary Tressler

Wow he needs to get to the alter this Sunday at his church...smh

John Smith
John Smith

He must have missed the Democratic primaries..

Eileen Griffin Davis
Eileen Griffin Davis

I didn't vote for Carter for governor of Georgia because he didn't know what he was talking about. As it was then he still doesn't know what he's talking about. Gerry

Katie Hunt
Katie Hunt

Carter, we love you, but you aren't relavant any longer, and you obviously don't know what you're talking about.

Mike Woods
Mike Woods

Jimmy Carter is an out of touch idiot. He has fail in so many ways. Why would anyone even listen to him.

Ron Clark
Ron Clark

REMENBER HOW MUCH 'LUST' YOU HAD.

Ron Clark
Ron Clark

I DONT LIKE HEM NEVER DID. IM FROM GEORGIA.

Michael Fowler
Michael Fowler

Another liberal Democrat voting for criminals...

Melinda Palmer
Melinda Palmer

Voter fraud is alive and real. Mr Carter may thinks he knows but there are way to many sources for it not to be happening

Turner Jemison
Turner Jemison

Maybe Carter should get a second opinion on his recent brain scan ... for he may have contacted the Hillary "selective memory disease"?!?

Flo Smiley
Flo Smiley

Go back to peanuts Jimmy you did nothing for our country. Trump for president

Roy Dale
Roy Dale

Ajc propaganda , read Daniel Eason comment , he's correct on James Eral PeNut

Greg Lindquist
Greg Lindquist

Did you miss the Robert Creamer under cover video? How about the NY elections official bragging about voter fraud. Remember Kennedy - Nixon. A presidential election won by massive fraud in three states.

Michael Murphy
Michael Murphy

Just another Democrat liar there is all kinds of proof.

Fred South
Fred South

We don't need any lip service from the second worse POTUS!!

Steve Gentrup
Steve Gentrup

bought off with a peanut farm ,that gives special Ed classes !

Joyce Puckett
Joyce Puckett

im old enough to remember what kind of leadership you ran Jimmy........it wasnt good so keep your advice to yourself..

Mary Rider
Mary Rider

Senility kicking in or possibly corrupt politician mode

Ann Hamelin
Ann Hamelin

He should just be glad that Obama knocked him out of first place as the worst president ever.

Will Jones
Will Jones

Were Carter a man of honor and integrity he long ago would have addressed - during his presidency - the fact of the Roman Catholic CIA's adjudicated murder of actual American Patriot John Kennedy. The same faction went on to commit 9/11 and is regularly found to defile the sanctity of our Electoral process. As it is he's just a "luke warm" "Christian," and no American, and God will spit him out.