Five former U.S. presidents came together Saturday for a hurricane relief benefit, and ever since then, we’ve been hearing much more from Jimmy Carter. For example, Carter told The New York Times that the media have been harder on Trump than any other president, even suggesting that he’s mentally deranged.

In another surprising statement, Carter told the Times that he doesn’t believe the Russians stole the election from Hillary Clinton (although he conceded that wife Rosalynn disagrees with him on that). “I don’t think there’s any evidence that what the Russians did changed enough votes, or any votes,” Carter said.”

If it seems that Carter, a liberal Democrat, is going soft on Trump, maybe he has an ulterior motive? Check out these hot takes:

Hmm … is it possible that Carter is sucking up to Trump so that Trump will send him to North Korea to negotiate, thus saving the world from imminent nuclear catastrophe? We give that theory a big, fat no.

Still, Carter took a beating from those who didn’t like him denying the Russia connection.

We’re happy to give Bernie Bro. Carter credit where credit is due.

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