Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter bashed the Supreme Court for allowing “rich people” to become more powerful under election laws.
Carter in a PBS interview on Wednesday stated that the massive campaign contributions allowed under the court’s Citizens United ruling have led to corruption.
“The Supreme Court seems to be eager to see rich people become more powerful and to see corporations become more powerful than individuals with their — with their previous rulings,” Carter said.
“And because of that, there’s very little chance we will see money removed from politics,” Carter said.
Carter later explained that the power gained by people who give a lot of money to political candidates has resulted in a “vast disparity in income in America,” which leads to polarizing society more than anything else.
“When I ran against Gerald Ford — who was the president of the United States then — you know how much money we raised for the general elections? Zero,” he said.
Carter added that the only thing the Supreme Court can do now is fight partisan gerrymandering.
According to The Hill, the court heard arguments on Wednesday about whether a legislative map for Maryland that led to a Republican lawmaker’s defeat at the polls was unconstitutional.
“That will help control the acquisition of power in a state from being controlled by one political party,” Carter said.
Carter, who is one of longest living presidents at age of 93, in recent times has been making a number of political appearances and interviewing while promoting his new book, “Faith: A Journey for All.”
On Tuesday, he stated that he doesn’t believe the students protesting for gun control will change laws that threaten the Second Amendment.
However, Carter told PBS that the Parkland students will leave “a more permanent effect” on gun legislation.
“I think the NRA is facing the greatest challenge that it has in the last 15 or 20 years,” Carter said.