The 45th President issued a statement via “From the Desk of Donald Trump” Wednesday regarding Joe Biden being compared to Jimmy Carter by some.
The New York Times wrote an op-ed earlier this month titled: “The Jimmy Carter and Joe Biden Show“, likewise, Fox News’ op-ed: “Liz Peek: Biden’s Jimmy Carter connection – here, already, is where their policies are alarmingly similar“. The Federalist also wrote an article titled: “Twitter Employees Are Confused Why Joe Biden Would Draw Comparison To Jimmy Carter“.
Jimmy Carter’s administration began with great promise, but his domestic and foreign policies were met with criticism, according to Lumen Learning.
Lumen Learning reported:
Democrat Jimmy Carter served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. As a gifted student and former governor of Georgia, he was relatively inexperienced in politics. His administration sought to make the government “competent and compassionate.” However, in the midst of an economic crisis produced by rising energy prices and stagflation, he met with difficulty in achieving his objectives.
The final year of his presidential tenure was marked by several major crises, including the 1979 takeover of the American embassy in Iran, an unsuccessful rescue attempt of the hostages, serious fuel shortages, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Continued Below
Key takeaways according to Lumen Learning:
- President Jimmy Carter took office during a recession, and, though he improved the economy slightly, was unable to end the recession.
- Carter’s domestic policy involved the creation of the federal Department of Energy and Department of Education, the establishment of a national energy policy, and other various reforms.
- Carter’s foreign policy was oriented toward the goals of human rights and peace, negotiating an arms reduction treaty with the USSR, and a peace agreement between Israel and Egypt.
- Carter’s ethos of humility and compassion informed much of his presidency and was reflected in his foreign policy and administration.
- Carter’s efforts to improve the economy through deregulation largely failed, and his attempt at a foreign policy built on the principle of human rights prompted much criticism.
- Remaining public faith in Carter was dealt a serious blow when he proved unable to free the American hostages in Tehran.
Key terms according to Lumen Learning
- Department of Energy: A Cabinet-level area of government in the United States concerned with U.S. policies regarding energy and safety in handling nuclear material.
- stagflation: Inflation accompanied by stagnant growth, unemployment, or recession.
- Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan: A conflict that began in December 1979 when USSR leader Brezhnev deployed troops, starting a 9-year war.
In a statement on Wednesday, former President Donald Trump wrote:
I see that everybody is comparing Joe Biden to Jimmy Carter. It would seem to me that is very unfair to Jimmy Carter. Jimmy mishandled crisis after crisis, but Biden has CREATED crisis after crisis.
First there was the Biden Border Crisis (that he refuses to call a Crisis), then the Biden Economic Crisis, then the Biden Israel Crisis, and now the Biden Gas Crisis. Joe Biden has had the worst start of any president in United States history, and someday, they will compare future disasters to the Biden Administration—but no, Jimmy was better!
Meanwhile, Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) weighed in on Biden’s “Jimmy Carter moment”, suggesting that he is “letting history repeat itself”.
There's a crisis on the border, in the Middle East, with our gas pipelines, AND inflation — America's experiencing another Jimmy Carter moment with Progressives at the helm. Biden's letting history repeat itself. pic.twitter.com/fY5uCalE71
— Rep. Mike Waltz (@michaelgwaltz) May 12, 2021