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Jimmy Carter Admits He Voted for Bernie Sanders

Former President Jimmy Carter is joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders to discuss human rights during the Human Rights Defenders Forum at the Carter Center in Atlanta on Monday, May 8, 2017. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

It is painful to refer to Jimmy Carter as an elder statesman of anything, but that is his position within the modern Democratic Party. He was probably as close to a social progressive as we’ve seen in the White House, which made him one of the least successful and most dismal presidents of all time. Gas rationing, Iran hostage crisis, Soviet appeasement… I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that Carter bucked the establishment and voted for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primaries.