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Special to the JTA New Slur by Billy Carter

February 16, 1979
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Billy Carter stooped to a new law last night by declaring that American Jews “can kiss my ass as for as I am concerned now.”

The President’s brother made the remark during a reception here for the Libyan delegation whom he has been escorting around the country. The reception was hosted by the Libyan delegation to the United Nations, with Billy standing on the reception line. He made his remark during a toped interview with correspondent Moses Schonfeld of the Mutual Broadcasting System. The toped interview was made available to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Carter said that he attended last night’s reception at the invitation of Ahmad Shahati, head of the Libyan delegation to the U. S. who, Carter said, “is a very good friend of mine.”

He pointed out that his association with the Libyans has nothing to do with business and that he does not intend to urge the Libyans to increase their oil supplies to the United States and will not try to influence their policy. “I am very comfortable with the (Libyan) delegation. They are friends of mine; they will remain friends of mine.” Carter said.

When Schonfeld noted that “the Jewish community has raised its voice on this issue” (the President’s brother’s association with the Libyans) Carter retorted. “They can kiss my ass as for as I am concerned now.”

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