Jimmy Carter’s Grandson on Role in Leaked Mitt Video: ‘Poetic Justice’

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Maybe it’s the Carter family’s revenge.

Among the many amazing facts in the strange case of the secret Mitt Romney fundraiser video that sparked a media frenzy this week is that James Carter IV, the grandson of the 39th President, played an integral role in the video’s release. Now the political scion and freelance Democratic researcher is talking about his experience.

“[Supporters] have said that this is poetic justice, that a Carter is the one that found this video that is giving the Romney campaign so much trouble,” Carter said to NBC News. “And I have to say that I definitely agree with that sentiment.”

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In the aftermath of the video — in which Romney is caught on camera saying, among other things, that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay taxes — James Carter has explained the story behind its release to multiple news outlets. As the Associated Press reported, Carter noticed a clip on YouTube, managed to contact the source and arranged the release of the full video through David Corn, the Washington D.C. bureau chief of Mother Jones magazine. As Corn explained to Politico’s Dylan Byers:

“James seemed capable of getting through the layers,” said Corn. “He started tweeting, emailing with the source, and asked the person if he would talk to me. We started by private tweets, then moved to emails, then phone calls. It was a long process — I had to become comfortable with the source, and he had to know that we would protect his confidentiality.”

Of course, it was the repeated criticisms of Jimmy Carter by Mitt Romney throughout the election cycle that made James Carter’s finding particularly fitting. (Think back to the carefully calibrated retort that Romney leveled at Obama in April, when he dismissed the president’s order to authorize the Bin Laden raid. “Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order,” the Republican stated.)

“It gets under my skin — mostly the weakness on the foreign policy stuff,” Carter recounted to NBC News about Romney’s pointed critiques of his grandfather’s presidency. “I just think it’s ridiculous. I don’t like criticism of my family.”

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Yeshuratnam
Yeshuratnam

What is spectacular in this video episode? Romney knew that he was being video-graphed while he was making the speech. Romney has repeatedly admitted that he made the speech. There was nothing to hide and nothing secretive. James Carter's buffoonish adventure is similar to his grandfather  Jimmy Carter's imitation of Israeli commandos daredevil adventure at the Entebbe airport. The chopper sent by Carter lies buried even today in Iran and the Republican Reagan had to rescue the American hostages. 

K Thomas Bose
K Thomas Bose

Every one including Republicans with brains and character know that Romney is a bad choice. Begging for money he made unnecessary and humiliating comments about poor folks, and even middle income folks unemployed or going through hard times. And some Mormons think they are Christians?

hilandar1000
hilandar1000

James, you did a great service for the country and deserve our thanks.  BTW, I was around in the 70's, and regardless of what anybody says, your grandfather was a great president.  The middle class suffered under Reagan after your grandfather left office.

Grandma02
Grandma02

The grandson admits he is a lifelong democrat, so he has his blinders on. It is funny that he "feels offended" about his grandfather's foreign policy when leading democrats such as Wild Bill Clinton even chastized the Carter administration. So why didn't he chase down sneaky recordings of Wild Bill during the Monica incident ? 

James Loughran
James Loughran

Showing us Romney's words of disdain for  47% of the population isn't in the same ball park as a b....j from a consenting adult, dear. Hmm, lets see. starting with Reagan ( who bribed Iran with weapons, if they would hold the hostages longer, to help him beat Carter) and the rightwing , who has demeaned Jimmy Cater since the 80's, Jimmy's grandson finds Romney's aristocratic own words, inferring that he could care less about half of the citizens of the United States. Who says there is no divine justice?

BushCheney2012
BushCheney2012

Grandma02. When Mitt's elected you lazy bums who live off government money are gonna have to stop playing the victim and get off you big butts. Day 1. Mitt will end your democrat socialist programs like Mediscam and Socialism Security! Your a parasite destroying America! Down with the 47%

America supports Mitt and our Tea Party Patriots and DEMANDS tax cuts for the Job Creator class!

James Loughran
James Loughran

What lazy bums? Only slightly more than 1% of the population is on welfare and they must work to get it or they don't. The lifetime limit for welfare, is five years. The conservative states get more in government services than they pay in taxes. The liberal leaning states pay more in taxes than they get back in services. The liberals pay the welfare for the conservatives. So your wish is the destruction of the conservatives and the Republicans. Nice work dim wad.

Honey
Honey

really you need to go see the movie 2016 and learn something.

john
john

This really is funny.... I think it is poetic justice that this little liberal is unemployed under Obama' watch..

Hey, I heard Chik-Fil-a has openings....

BushCheney2012
BushCheney2012

Join Mitt and our Tea Party Patriots and DEMAND additional tax cuts for the Job Creator class! Time for the poor and middle class to stop expecting entitlements (HANDOUTS)! No more lazy parasites!

James Loughran
James Loughran

The top 30 richest companies, in all of human history, paid no taxes and got back hundreds of millions in tax payer paid rebates. The working class Americans wages has been frozen for over 40 years. Worker productivity has increased 25% over that time ( have to get 2 jobs to make ends meet). Where did all that profit from productivity go? There is 21 trillion dollars sitting in offshore accounts ( hello Romney!), making nothing hiring no one, just moving money around making money off of tax payer paid interest. Only a little more than 1% of people are on welfare and they must be working to receive benefits. Those benefits expire after a lifetime limit of five years. The parasites are the rich, who are hoarding all those big bucks and sit back collecting benefits, around their luxurious pools, watching sycophants like you do their dirty work for free.Fool.