Jimmy Carter To Colbert: 'Apparently' America Wanted a Jerk For a President

Jimmy Carter is just as baffled by the results of the 2016 United States presidential election as any Democrat.

On Friday, the former president stopped by The Late Show, and took a few shots at current President Donald Trump. Host Stephen Colbert asked Carter, "Does America kind of want a jerk as president?” Carter replied, "Apparently from this recent election, yes. I never knew it before.”

Then, when Colbert pressed Carter for the qualities that make a good president, the 93-year-old slyly replied, “I used to think it was to tell the truth. But I’ve changed my mind lately." Carter did not name Trump explicitly as a president who has been not so truthful, but Colbert and the audiences seemed to get Carter's drift.

Colbert jokingly tried to negotiate Carter's return to the White House, hoping the former president might run in 2020. "I think there’s an age limit," Carter laughed.

Colbert also asked Carter if he's happy about Trump making Carter and the other former presidents like George W. Bush and Bill Clinton look better. "I don't know about the rest of them," Carter said.

Later, Carter addressed Trump again, this time with a more diplomatic approach, when the host asked whether Carter kept Trump in his prayers.

"I pray that he’ll be a good president and that he’ll keep our country at peace and that he’ll refrain from using nuclear weapons and that he will promote human rights," Carter said. "So yeah, I pray for him."

Earlier this week in an appearance on CBS' Sunday Morning, Carter said that he didn't want Trump impeached, even if Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation uncovers wrongdoings by the president. (Though he acknowledged it was a possibility if it came to criminal charges.) "My own preference would be that he not be impeached," Carter said, "but that he be able to serve out his term, because I think he wants to do a good job. And I'm willing to help him, if I can help him, and give him the benefit of the doubt."

The former president has been making the media rounds recently to promote his new book Faith: A Journey For All, which hit shelves on March 27.

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