The Republican Party has shape-shifted itself into the Trump Party. Those who follow Trump tend to be his most fervent base. Then, there are the traditional Republicans, who have been left out. This famous Republican General had some suggestions.
Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell commented on the GOP:
‘The Republican party has got to get a grip on itself Republican leaders and members of the Congress… are holding back because they’re terrified of what will happen [to] any one of them if they speak out.’
“The Republican party has got to get a grip on itself,” Former Secy. of State Colin Powell on the state of the current GOP. “Republican leaders and members of the Congress… are holding back because they’re terrified of what will happen [to] any one of them if they speak out.” pic.twitter.com/zkCScy8uA1
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General Colin Power urged Republicans to “get a grip” on themselves. He said this as a few Trump followers came to the president’s aid. They defended the president even as the impeachment inquiry continued.
Powell spoke to an audience at The Jefferson Series which was hosted by The New Albany Community Foundation. Powell continued urging Republican Party leaders to stand up when they see something wrong. In addition to that, he said that they needed to become “comfortable” when they noticed something wrong:
‘The Republican party has got to get a grip on itself. Republican leaders and members of the Congress, both Senate and the House, are holding back because they’re terrified of what will happen to any one of them if they speak out.’
He continued, pointing out that foreign policy is “in shambles right now:”
‘I see things happening that are hard to understand.’
Then the former secretary, who describes himself as a “moderate Republican,” referenced the controversy surrounding the president. It concerned the time Trump used his prized Sharpie pin to extend Hurricane Dorian’s reported path to include Alabama.
The General also pointed to the White House official’s efforts to support Trump.
Former Secretary Powell considers himself a “moderate Republican.”
‘This is not the way the country is supposed to run. And Congress is one of the institutions that should be doing something about this. We got to remember what the Constitution started with: “We the People,” not “Me the President.”‘
The former secretary of State was raised in the Bronx. The son of Jamaican immigrants became a member of ROTC in college and won two Purple Hearts among other military awards, CNN reported.
Then, he received that President’s Citizens Medal and:
‘The Congressional Gold Medal, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal, and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal as well as receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom twice.’
The former Secretary was the youngest individual and first African-American to become the best Chiefs of Staff.
Powell was also the youngest person and first African-American to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In addition, he was the first African-American to become Secretary of State.
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