Monday, 03 August, 2020

Colin Powell Calls Trump a Liar, Says He "Drifted Away" From Constitution

Colin Powell says he will vote for Biden over Trump Colin Powell Says He's Voting Biden: 'I Cannot, in Any Way, Support President Trump' — WATCH
Robin Buchanan | 08 June, 2020, 00:24

A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Powell was the latest in a series of retired top military officers to publicly criticize Trump's handling of the mass anti-racism protests that have swept the United States since the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in Minneapolis.

Powell also rebuked Republicans who have been silent about Trump's shortcomings and urged the American people to eject the incumbent from office.

While Powell now chides Trump for his supposed disregard for the Constitution, the invasion of Iraq in 2003 is considered by many legal scholars to have been unconstitutional.

"I can not in any way support President Trump this year", Powell, who did not vote for the Republican president in 2016, told CNN.


These statements were untrue, and nearly two decades later, the war in Iraq has cost the U.S. almost two trillion dollars, on top of the thousands and thousands of people killed and wounded. From there, Powell was asked to explain why he opposes Trump. The ones who vote him in and the ones who vote him out.

"And then I was deeply troubled by the way in which he was going around insulting everybody", Powell continued. Insulting anybody who dared to speak against him.

"And that is unsafe for our democracy, it is risky for our country". "And I think what we're seeing now, the most massive protest movement I have ever seen in my life, I think this suggests that the country is getting wise to this, and we're not going to put up with it anymore".

Trump, who has been critical of the Iraq war, in a tweet called Powell "a real stiff".


Trump responded swiftly on Twitter, mocking Powell's intention to vote for his likely Democratic opponent and calling the retired four-star general "a real stiff" who got the USA into wars after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S.

"Many of us watched the use of active-duty military to clear peaceful protesters out of Lafayette Square, and it rang echoes of what the founders feared more than anything which was the use of armed active-duty military against citizens", retired Admiral James Stavridis said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

In a CNN interview, Powell aimed a broad critique at Trump's approach to the military, a foreign policy he said was causing "disdain" overseas and a president he portrayed as trying to amass excessive power.


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