Powell, a son of immigrants, said Trump has “insulted America in one way almost every day.”
By Sheryl Estrada
Former Secretary of State, retired four-star general and prominent member of the Republican Party Colin Powell said on Tuesday that he will cast his vote on November 8 for the Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Powell shared his decision with more than 1,000 businessmen during a speech at the Long Island Association fall luncheon in Woodbury, New York, according to Newsday. He said that Clinton trumps Trump in regard to the temperament, experience and “stamina” needed to be the president of the United States.
Powell also said Trump insults Americans on a daily basis:
Colin Powell. REUTERS
“He insults us every day. He has insulted America in one way almost every day. He has insulted Latino Americans. He has insulted African Americans. He has insulted women. He has insulted his own party. He has insulted our allies around the world one by one by one. He has insulted veterans.”
However, Powell said that Trump had insulted his supporters the most “because they are being sold a bill of goods.”
In emails leaked by a hacker in September, Powell criticized both Trump and Clinton. But, also via email, he seemingly talked over the best time to declare his support for Clinton.
Powell’s Parents Were Immigrants
Powell served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush. He was the first Black person to serve as secretary of state. And he was the first, and so far the only, Black person to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Powell, the son of immigrants, endorsed President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. In June, when Michelle Obama gave her final commencement address as first lady at Powell’s alma mater, The City College of New York, she made reference to his heritage.
Michelle Obama discussed how the graduates are a part of an “American story,” which includes immigrants and the children of immigrants. She said prominent graduates such as the son of “Jamaican immigrants named Colin Powell became a four-star general, secretary of state and a role model for young people across the country.”
Republicans Who Have Ditched Trump
Powell joins other Bush Cabinet officials who support Clinton, including former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, former Health And Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.
The Washington Post tallies that so far there are 67 Republican politicians, officials and donors who publiclysupport Clinton.
Bush Cabinet member Condoleezza Rice, who followed Powell in the role of secretary of state, has not officially endorsed Clinton, but has publicly shared she’s appalled that Trump is the Republican presidential candidate.
On Oct. 8, Rice posted the following message on her Facebook page:
Rice is actually one of the many women Trump has insulted publicly. During his 2006 keynote address at the Learning Annex Real Estate & Wealth Expo in New York City, Trump criticized members of the Bush administration, including Rice.
According to a video from CNN’s archives, Trump said the following about Rice:
“I wish she was a b-tch. I don’t care if she’s a lovely woman. I want somebody that can go and make deals. She goes to countries, nothing ever happens. Except sound bytes.”
In the final presidential debate last week Trump criticized Clinton, calling her a “such a nasty woman.”
Last week, when CNN asked Rice what she thought of Trump’s 2006 remarks, she responded in an email, “Can’t wait until November 9!”