Donald Trump bumped off a living president today.
“I think by next month, we will have surpassed the late, great Jimmy Carter,” Trump said during his remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference, a large annual gathering of conservative activists and political figures.
Carter’s grandson, James Carter, saw the quote and responded:
I pretty sure I would have heard about that. RT @eliasisquith: Trump seems to think Jimmy Carter is dead: “The late, great Jimmy Carter”
— James Carter (@JECarter4) March 6, 2014
During the mostly-meandering speech, Trump — who proudly announced he refused a Teleprompter — predicted an “economic catastrophe” in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
“Whoever’s president, good luck!” he shrugged. “We’re becoming a third world country!”
The real estate mogul, who has hinted he may run for president in 2016, touched on a laundry list of hot-button issues: Obamacare , instability in the Middle East, the rise of China, economic troubles at home and foreign aid, among others.
On the issue of immigration, Trump declared: “We’re either a country or we’re not. We either have borders or we don’t.”
“If we don’t have a border, what are we — just a nothing?” he added, noting that the 11 million people in the U.S. illegally are unlikely to vote the GOP ticket “no matter how nice you are.”
Trump also couldn’t resist plugging his resort and his popularity overseas.
China, he said, wants “anything Trump — they love me!”