Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who identifies as a Republican, has some harsh words for presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. Powell, who endorsed President Barack Obama twice, said, “I want to continue to be a Republican because it annoys them,” according to Realtime Politics.
Powell targeted today’s GOP and its acidic anti-immigrant rhetoric and described himself as “a child of immigrant parents” and America as “an immigrant nation.” Powell has been consistent through the years on his stance regarding immigrants.
Powell said, “We have been built on the backs of immigrants and we’ve always had difficulty with immigration policy throughout our history.”
Trump, who has secured enough delegates to obtain the GOP nomination, has continued down the path of stereotyping and targeting immigrants while on the campaign trail.
Powell said, “In Virginia, you don’t have to declare a party … but I’m still a Republican because I believe in a strong defense, because I believe in the entrepreneurial spirit that is so typical of the Republican Party in the past. But I’m having difficulty with the party now.”
Powell also criticized the anti-immigrant rhetoric that is currently so popular in the GOP, saying he is “a child of immigrant parents” and America is “an immigrant nation.”
Powell then said:
‘If I were around Mr. Trump — Donald — who I know very well, I would say, “You know, Donald, let’s see what happens. Let’s tell all the immigrants working at Trump Hotel to stay home tomorrow.” See what happens. Are you kidding me? … Look who’s serving you. Guess who’s cooking in the back. Next time you walk through Dulles or Reagan, look who’s manning the counter. Look who’s cleaning things up. These are first generation American immigrants, who will raise children, who will grow up to higher things.’
Powell then took aim at the Republican Party, saying it “shifted much further right than the country is,” and added that its party leaders “cannot keep saying the things that they are saying … and hope to be successful at national level elections in the future.”
Earlier this month, Powell had some sage advice for Republicans. Trump should take note. “We have to become more respectful of each other,” he said.
Powell said of his support for Barack Obama during 2008 and 2012, “In 2008, I spoke out against calling the president a Muslim as if that was a curse. I don’t know anything in the Constitution that says Muslims are bad.”
In 2012, Powell spoke of “a level of intolerance in some parts of the party — and there was. And I think there still is.”
And at the present time, in 2016, Powell appears to be disgusted with the GOP front-runner, because Trump embodies all of the issues with the Republican Party that Powell has called out for years.
We look forward to Trump’s temper tantrum on Twitter because Powell criticized him.