Jimmy Carter won’t be the only ex-president to attend Trump’s inaugural anymore

Former President Jimmy Carter in a 2014 interview. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Former President Jimmy Carter in a 2014 interview. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Former President Jimmy Carter will have some company at Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The Georgia Democrat had been the only ex-president to formally RSVP to the Jan. 20 bash – until this week.

Aides to former President Bill Clinton sent word to reporters on Tuesday that he’ll attend the inaugural along with Hillary. So did George W. Bush, although his father, George H.W. Bush, won’t attend because of his ailing health. And President Barack Obama will also be there to formally hand over the keys to the White House.

A report by Politico last month that the Clintons and the Bushes had not decided whether to attend set off speculation that Carter might be the only former president at the inaugural.

Trump repeatedly mocked Jeb Bush during the GOP primary, casting him as a low-energy tool of the establishment. Bush ’41 and Bush ’43 both refused to endorse Trump in the general election, and Barbara Bush and Jeb Bush openly opposed him.

And Trump ran a highly personal campaign against Hillary Clinton, invoking scandals from Bill Clinton’s past in the final stretch of the campaign – and vowing to sic a special prosecutor on the former secretary of state to probe her use of a private email server.

Carter, 92, told his Sunday school class shortly after the election that he’d attend Donald Trump’s inauguration. But he showed little affinity for either candidate.

He supported Clinton – “everybody knows that I’m a Democrat and I’ll be voting Democratic,” he said – but he did little to actively campaign for her. And he noted she was “quite unpopular” in one August interview.

As for Carter’s stance on Trump, the Georgia Democrat said during a speech before the British House of Lords last year – before Trump locked up the nomination – that the New York businessman might not be the worst Republican in the field.

“The reason is, Trump has proven already he’s completely malleable,” Carter said then. “I don’t think he has any fixed (positions) he’d go the White House and fight for. On the other hand, Ted Cruz is not malleable. He has far right wing policies he’d pursue if he became president.”

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Harold Bell
Harold Bell

Carter is an honourable southern gentlemen and Christian, didn't agree politically but he's good man

Carol Valdez
Carol Valdez

I'm glad and happy for those Ex presidents that is attending the exaggeration with elect Donald J. Trump as he gets swear into office as our 45th president of the United States. thank you Father God for what you are doing and going to do for America through President Donald J Trump.

Char Stewart
Char Stewart

Are you kidding? Leave God out of this mess!

Carol Valdez
Carol Valdez

You are a hypocrite God is in the center of Donald J Trump as our 45th president of the United States. AMEN ♡ AMEN

Carol Valdez
Carol Valdez

This is not a mess this is America and yes God is in the CENTER of our LIVES my LIFE and I believe in MIRACLES and DONALD TRUMP got ELECTED because GOD was in the CENTER of this ELECTION WHETHER you like it or NOT...

Jeffrey Moore
Jeffrey Moore

You're thanking God for hate, bigotry, misogyny and xenophobia? Wow!

Jeffrey Moore
Jeffrey Moore

Carol Valdez Keeping it real...God was also been around for Hitler any many other despicable creatures. If you think Jesus would support Tronald Dump you need more prayer than you know.

Char Stewart
Char Stewart

Carol Valdez the way some are behaving is a mess! I repeat a pure MESS!!!

Carol Valdez
Carol Valdez

Char Stewart you are a mess... look at it the way you want to, I look at it through GOD YES I SAID GOD.

Bev Roshon
Bev Roshon

But you are the only one who showed class

Annalee Akers
Annalee Akers

Mr President Carter I have Great Respect for you. You are A very Decent Man And your Wife is A very Respectfully Lady. God Bless.

Luis Velazquez
Luis Velazquez

Any Ex President that fails to attend for stupid reasons will only be showing disrespect for the office they once held..

Linda Lossick
Linda Lossick

No one but Bush Sr. ever said they weren't coming.

Cynthya Marley
Cynthya Marley

Mr. Carter is a class act all by himself! God bless this man!

Matt Dendy
Matt Dendy

"One psychologist, Ben Michaelis, called Trump 'textbook Narcissistic Personality Disorder.' Psychologist George Simon called Trump 'so classic that I’m archiving video clips of him to use in workshops because there’s no better example of his characteristics'" ( James Hamblin "Donald Trump: Sociopath? Taking His Biographer's Claim Seriously" 'The Atlantic' 7/20/16). "His [Adolf Hitler] secretiveness, hypochondria, narcissism, vengefulness, and megalomania were counterbalanced by a quick, retentive mind, a capacity to charm if he wanted to, and outstanding tactical cleverness. All efforts to psychoanalyze him have suffered from inaccessibility of their subject, as well as form the unanswered question of why, if some fascist leaders were insane, their publics adored them and they functioned effectively for so long. In any event, the latest and most authoritative biographer of Hitler concludes rightly that one must dwell less on the Führer's eccentricities than on the role the German public projected upon him and which he succeeded in filling until nearly the end" (Robert O. Paxton "The Anatomy of Fascism" p. 208).

Matt Dendy
Matt Dendy

A Trump supporter accusing nonfascist appeasers of not "being adults," lol, that's rich.

Matt Dendy
Matt Dendy

"One psychologist, Ben Michaelis, called Trump 'textbook Narcissistic Personality Disorder.' Psychologist George Simon called Trump 'so classic that I’m archiving video clips of him to use in workshops because there’s no better example of his characteristics'" ( James Hamblin "Donald Trump: Sociopath? Taking His Biographer's Claim Seriously" 'The Atlantic' 7/20/16). "His [Adolf Hitler] secretiveness, hypochondria, narcissism, vengefulness, and megalomania were counterbalanced by a quick, retentive mind, a capacity to charm if he wanted to, and outstanding tactical cleverness. All efforts to psychoanalyze him have suffered from inaccessibility of their subject, as well as form the unanswered question of why, if some fascist leaders were insane, their publics adored them and they functioned effectively for so long. In any event, the latest and most authoritative biographer of Hitler concludes rightly that one must dwell less on the Führer's eccentricities than on the role the German public projected upon him and which he succeeded in filling until nearly the end" (Robert O. Paxton "The Anatomy of Fascism" p. 208).

Matt Dendy
Matt Dendy

Evelyn, "Perhaps it is the fascist publics rather than their leaders who need psychoanalysis" (Robert O. Paxton "The Anatomy of Fascism" p. 208).

Jeffrey Moore
Jeffrey Moore

Now if only Tronald Dump would act like an adult

Susan Ashworth
Susan Ashworth

I think Jimmy Carter has alot of class. He honors tradition.

Bob Miller
Bob Miller

So the Deplorable s will sit down with the Table of Traitors and try to get along, What's next? Kissing behind closed doors?

James Wright
James Wright

A wise decision if has health is good!! JWm

Linda Cooper
Linda Cooper

He's the only one who really counts,says yes right away the others are going only for show an tell

Bill Morrow
Bill Morrow

always thought carter to be the worst pres. ever.. until obummer.. but he goes UP a notch for being classy when his fav candidate lost..

Georgia Mc Kenna
Georgia Mc Kenna

Very sad they are either filled with fear or hate!!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA AND THE TRUMPS \U0001f496

Patricia Wade
Patricia Wade

unfortunately the clintons will be there,,,,,, P U

Linda Davis
Linda Davis

Carter was the worst president ever until obummer came along

Carolyn Brooks
Carolyn Brooks

Kudos to President Carter for leading the way!!!!

Barbara Hambel
Barbara Hambel

He's the best man of all guest presidents attending

Zayda Truitt
Zayda Truitt

They know wht up? Is about this Country America no Democrats, Republican. Let's together make America Great Again

Len Moore
Len Moore

True. The ex-Presidents are attending because it is the right thing to do. None of them want to go.

Glen Raines
Glen Raines

JUST AS THEY DID FOR THE VILLAGE IDIOT.

Len Moore
Len Moore

We differ on who the village idiots are.

Vivian Tapley
Vivian Tapley

He'll have a great Inauguration. Just like all of his rallies he had. Go President Trump.

Vivian Tapley
Vivian Tapley

Wrong. You weren't thrown out. Go President Trump. They're are still crybabies out there.

Jessica Browning
Jessica Browning

Oh all the rallies where people of color were thrown out, beaten, or threatened? Right! Smh

Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

The Bush's. and Clinton's. have waited till now to support our Country's. Choice for President. Why? Bc this will be the only thing you read on social media until the inauguration. So this will take all the Glory from Trump. Can people not read between the lines. They are dirty and up to no good unless it is to put them in the news instead of Trump. This is for their benefit only. I have no respect for any of them and America shouldn't either. Already read this same headline about 20 times today. Tired of reading about Rosie also. Who cares what they do.

Jessica Browning
Jessica Browning

Country's choice? Ma'am, you are mistaken with that statement and everything you said after that was null and void.

Stanley Hill
Stanley Hill

Chris Littlefield sit your old racist arse down.. Go sew a blanket.

Stanley Hill
Stanley Hill

They didn't want to support that blithering idiot Trump.

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