Jimmy Carter Is Alive, Carter Center Confirms

Contrary to Donald Trump’s recent remarks, the former president is — obviously — not dead.

Former President Jimmy Carter.
National Journal
Marina Koren
March 6, 2014, 11:19 a.m.

Don­ald Trump’s one-liners drew quite a few laughs at the Con­ser­vat­ive Polit­ic­al Ac­tion Con­fer­ence on Thursday.

One of them, however, was prob­ably not in­ten­ded to be funny. Talk­ing about Pres­id­ent Obama’s low ap­prov­al rat­ings, Trump men­tioned “the late, great Jimmy Carter,” a pres­id­ent re­membered by con­ser­vat­ives and his­tor­i­ans as one of the worst.

Carter is, in fact, not dead. “The pres­id­ent is alive and well,” a spokes­wo­man at the Carter Cen­ter, a non­profit the 89-year-old former pres­id­ent foun­ded in 1982, told Na­tion­al Journ­al with a laugh by phone. She said Carter re­mains “act­ive.”

And she’s right. Just last week, Carter sent let­ters to Venezuelan Pres­id­ent Nic­olas Ma­duro, ex­press­ing “grave con­cern” about the on­go­ing polit­ic­al crisis in the na­tion that has res­ul­ted in bloody protests in re­cent weeks.