Jimmy Carter gently jabs Trump at Liberty commencement

Source: Religion News Service

Former President Jimmy Carter, 93, sits for an interview about his new book “Faith: A Journey For All” which will debut at no. 7 on the New York Times best sellers list, pictured before a book signing on April 11, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter took a gentle poke at President Donald Trump at the start of a commencement address to graduates of Liberty University in Virginia.

Taking the podium Saturday to a standing ovation a year after Trump spoke to Liberty graduates, Carter took note of the large crowd at the university stadium. He said Liberty President Jerry Falwell Jr. “told me before we came here that it’s even bigger — I hate to say this — than it was last year.”

“I don’t know if President Trump would admit that or not,” Carter said, drawing laughter. The remark harkened back to controversies over Trump’s claim of a massive inauguration crowd exceeding 1 million, despite photographic evidence suggesting otherwise.

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