This shouldn’t be a big surprise since General Powell didn’t support or vote for Donald Trump in 2016. But it is significant that he is speaking out now in support of the other military advisors around the president who have found fault and are pushing back on the presidents proposal to use active US military against American citizens. And the fact that he flat out called the president a liar:
After a week in which President Donald Trump threatened to use military force against protesters, Colin Powell and other retired military leaders blasted the commander-in-chief for taking steps they say will harm the relationship between the military and U.S. citizens.
Powell, who served as Secretary of State under former President George W. Bush and was previously chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CNN’s “State of the Union” that Trump is “drifting” away from the Constitution and said he’s a habitual liar.
Powell, who did not vote for Trump in 2016, said he would vote for Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, this fall.
“The one word I have to use with respect to what he’s been doing for the last several years is the word I would never have used before, never would have used with any of the four presidents I worked for, he lies,” Powell added. “He lies about things. And he gets away with it because people will not hold him accountable.”
And our ever eloquent president’s Twitter response:
Trump responded to Powell on Twitter, calling him “a real stiff who was very responsible for getting us into the disastrous Middle East Wars” and that Powell “just announced he will be voting for another stiff, Sleepy Joe Biden.”
From Senator John McCain to General Powell…the president doesn’t recognize a real American when he sees one…his vision only encompasses sycophants…and only as long as they are useful.
Thank you General Powell for speaking out.