One of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch’s last interviews before his death on Friday came in Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire. The most interesting part of the Q&A came when he was asked who was what living person he “most despise[s].” Koch made a lot of enemies in his life — several mayors, upstate suburbanites and two generations worth of Cuomos among them — but his answer was very surprising:
Which living person do you most despise?
Former president Jimmy Carter.
In a 2008 op-ed in Real Clear Politics, Koch detailed that he refused to campaign with Carter in 1980 because he felt he was hostile toward Israel.
I was popular with the Jewish community and when I would not campaign for him unless he changed his position, he called me to his hotel in New York when attending a fundraiser and said, “You have done me more damage than any man in America.” I felt proud then, and even more today, since we now know what a miserable president he was then and the miserable human being he is now as he prepares to meet with Hamas.
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