Jimmy Carter, the former Democratic President of the United States, appeared in Britain’s House of Lords Wednesday to discuss his campaign against Guinea worm disease.
But following his remarks, reporters wanted Carter’s take on the ongoing primary campaigns for President.
“Can you give us your assessment of American politics,” a BBC reporter asked Carter.
Discussing the Iowa Caucus results, Carter applauded Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for his “remarkable showing, particularly among young people.”
“In Iowa, he had 85 percent of young people’s [support],” Carter added. “I don’t know what the final result will be. My own personal opinion is that it’s very likely Hillary Clinton will still prevail in the Democratic party.”
He then discussed the “completely unpredictable” Republican primary process, but suggested that Donald Trump would “fade away” soon enough.
The former Democratic President said that citizens would hesitate at the ballot box when thinking that “this is the person I want to lead me for the next four or eight years.”
But the worst nominee in Carter’s eyes is Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who is known for his “far right wing” ideals, he expressed.
“I think I would choose Trump (over Cruz), which may surprise some of you,” he said.
“The reason is, Trump has proven already he’s completely malleable. I don’t think he has any fixed (positions) he’d go the White House and fight for. On the other hand, Ted Cruz is not malleable. He has far right wing policies he’d pursue if he became president,” Carter concluded.
Carter expressed that he would ultimately support whomever the Democratic Party’s nominee turns out to be.
“Of course, I’m a Democrat and I will support the nominee,” he stated.
The 91-year-old Nobel Peace Prize recipient was in the UK at the invitation of Lord Speaker Baroness D’Souza, where he gave a speech on behalf of the Carter Center’s efforts against Guinea worm disease.
Carter has engaged in other international endeavors in recent months, focusing heavily on rebuking the State of Israel.
In April 2015, he was criticized for scheduling a meeting with Hamas terrorists.