President-elect Donald Trump will become the next president of the United States in a few weeks and while that brings both anxiety and a sense of dread to most Americans (Hillary won by 3 million votes), we are not alone. Even former presidents find the idea of a Trump presidency quite disturbing.
In fact, all of the living presidents have no plans to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration, that is, except one. George H.W. has cited age as a reason he won’t attend although it’s more likely a feeling of disgust that Trump is about to become the most powerful man in the world. His son, George W., has made no plans to attend thus far. His decision not to attend is likely related to the fact that his brother Jeb was absolutely destroyed and humiliated by Trump during the primaries. Then there’s Bill. It’s certainly understandable why he isn’t going given the repulsive negative campaign Trump unleashed against Hillary.
That leaves us with Jimmy Carter, who plans to attend, despite the fact that he said Trump was a candidate “who seems to violate some of the most important moral and ethical principles on which our nation was founded.” So then the question is why would Carter attend Trump’s inauguration?
It’s likely due to the fact that Carter has historically been a pragmatist and a realist who has no personal agenda, unlike the Bush clan and Clinton. If Carter, who has been perhaps the most influential post-president in history, can have a positive influence on Trump and try to keep the damage at a minimum, then why not?