Without ever mentioning Donald Trump’s name, former Secretary of Defense Colin Powell, who served under the George W. Bush administration, spelled out all the reasons that Biden will give America what it’s sorely lacking under the current leadership.
Powell mentioned things like decency, empathy, and integrity, none of which are Trump’s strong suits. Beginning his speech with the story of how his immigrant parents came to the United States and saw their son rise through the ranks of the military to serve as defense secretary, he talked about how their values have never left him.
‘We need to restore those values to the White House. I support Joe Biden for the presidency of the United States.’
NEW: Colin Powell, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state in President George W. Bush's administration, will join national security leaders to make their case for Joe Biden at the DNC tonight. https://t.co/52WqZaUPRC pic.twitter.com/c4vsmlrFiX
— ABC News (@ABC) August 18, 2020
Powell said that the country needs a leader who treats the military like family, and that Biden is the candidate who can be expected to do that after having sent his own son to war. Trump has infamously disparaged gold star families, mocked John McCain as a war hero because he likes “people who weren’t captured,” and bragged that he knows more than many people in the military because he attended an expensive military academy.
Colin Powell for Joe Biden. pic.twitter.com/wEoouwBhtX
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) August 19, 2020
Although Biden is not the first Democratic nominee to be endorsed by Powell – he endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016 – this is his first appearance at a Democratic National Convention.
For the full video of night two of the Democratic National Convention, which included speeches by Stacey Abrams, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Dr. Jill Biden, see below:
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