Colin Powell Ditches the Republican Party

Colin Powell announced on Sunday that he is no longer affiliated with the Republican Party following the GOP’s illegetimate objections to the results of the 2020 election and the President Donald Trump-led domestic terror attack on the United States Capitol last Wednesday.

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Powell, who under President George W. Bush served as the first Black Secretary of State as well as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, blasted his former party’s capitulation to Trump’s illegal and unconstitutional coup.

“They did, and that’s why I can no longer call myself a fellow Republican. I’m not a fellow of anything right now. I’m just a citizen who has voted Republican, voted Democrat throughout my entire career. And right now I’m just watching my country and not concerned with parties,” Powell said on Sunday’s edition of CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria.

“They should have known better, but they were so taken by their political standing and how none of them wanted to put themselves at political risk. They would not stand up and tell the truth or stand up and criticize him or criticize others,” Powell continued. “And that’s what we need. We need people who will speak the truth, who remember that they are here for our fellow citizens. They are here for our country. They are not here simply to be re-elected again.”

Powell, now 83, said that if he were a member of the United States Senate, he would vote to remove Trump from office via impeachment.

“I would have done it last time if I had the opportunity,” the retired four-star Army general added.

Watch the full interview below:

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