Gen. Colin Powell to vote for Joe Biden
Colin Powell, a retired four-star general, and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says he plans to vote for Joe Biden in November. Powell most recently served as secretary of state under Republican President George W. Bush.
Powell told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that President Donald Trump has drifted away from the Constitution and lies all of the time.
“I certainly cannot, in any way, support President Trump this year,” Powell said. “I’m very close to Joe Biden on a social matter and on a political matter. I’ve worked with him for 35, 40 years, and he is now the candidate, and I will be voting for him.”
The general’s endorsement of Biden should come as no surprise to Trump or Republicans. In 2008, Powell supported President Barack Obama over Republican and fellow veteran Sen. John McCain. He again voted for Obama in 2012 before endorsing Hillary Clinton in 2016.
On Sunday, Powell attacked the president for his response to the nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd and police brutality. He went on to criticize Republican members of Congress saying that they were failing to hold Trump accountable for his actions.
“The Republican Party, the president, thought they were sort of immune, they could go say anything they wanted. And even more troubling, the Congress would just sit there, and not in any way resist what the president’s doing,” said Powell. “And the one word I have to use with respect to what he’s been doing for the last several years, it’s a word I would never have used before, I never would have used with any of the four presidents I’ve worked for… he lies. He lies about things.”
Powell said Trump gets away with lying because people refuse to hold him accountable, especially Congress.
“The U.S. is not a country of just the president. We have a Congress, we have a Supreme Court. But most of all we have the people of the United States, the ones who vote. The ones who vote him in, and the ones who vote him out.”
Powell said while American’s watch President Trump, they also need to watch Congress. He expressed frustration in Republican members of the Senate having nothing to say when pressed by reporters to comment on Trump’s handling of the riots.
“I watched the senators heading into the chamber the other day. They had nothing to say,” said Powell.
In typical Trump fashion, he blasted Powell’s comments later Sunday morning on Twitter, reminding Americans of Powell’s role in the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
“Colin Powell, a real stiff who was very responsible for getting us into the disastrous Middle East Wars, just announced he will be voting for another stiff, Sleepy Joe Biden. Didn’t Powell say that Iraq had ‘weapons of mass destruction?’ They didn’t, but off we went to WAR!”
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