Jimmy Carter: Trump tapping into ‘inherent racism’
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Former President Jimmy Carter on Monday said Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end 'monstrous' migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' US denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria MORE’s presidential campaign is feeding off America's racial tensions.

“I don’t feel good, except for one thing: I think the country has been reawakened the last two or three years to the fact that we haven’t resolved the race issue adequately,” he told The New York Times.

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“[Trump] has tapped a waiting reservoir there of inherent racism,” Carter added of the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee.

Carter said Trump is just one example of GOP animosity toward President Obama that exudes a “heavy racial overtone.”

“I think there’s a heavy reaction among some of the racially conscious Republicans against an African-American being president,” he said.

Carter also said Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. undermines global human rights.

“When you single out any particular group of people for secondary citizenship status, that’s a violation of basic human rights,” said Carter, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his work with the Carter Center promoting international democracy and human rights.

Carter, who was raised a Southern Baptist, added that Trump is not resonating as closely with evangelicals as many polls seemingly suggest.

“The use of the word evangelical is a misnomer,” he said. "I consider myself an evangelical as well.

“And obviously, what most of the news reporters thought were evangelicals were conservative Republicans. They have a heavy orientation to right-wing political philosophy, and he obviously is a proponent of that concept.”

Reports emerged last week that Trump is planning a major meeting with evangelical leaders in the coming weeks.

The private meeting is expected to take place in New York City and will include roughly 400 religious conservative leaders.

Trump surrogate Ben Carson, a Seventh Day Adventist, is purportedly spearheading the effort with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and Bill Dallas, leader of United in Purpose.