On his little-known MSNBC show “Hardball,” Chris Matthews asked former President Jimmy Carter “Has a Woman president, has that time arrived? Obviously talking about Secretary Clinton, here?”
“Well I think it’s always been here,” Carter said “We should’ve considered a long time ago that women were equal to men and had a right to hold public office,” Carter continued. “So I’m not taking a position on a particular election,” Carter said.
That was, apparently, not the answer Chris Matthews was looking for and he pressed Carter further saying, “Well what do you think would be good about having Hillary Clinton President? Maybe you don’t want to say you want to endorse her or anything, but it seems to me you might have an opinion just like having the first African-American President. What would be the emblematic value of having Hillary Clinton as President, in terms of respect for women?”
Jimmy Carter, again, stepped over Matthews’ please-endorse-Hillary booby trap and went on a rant about how white, black, and brown Americans electing Obama is evidence of the racism that remains rampant in America. “Well I don’t think there is any doubt that having President Obama in office has elevated the awareness of inequality of treatment between the races.”
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