Colin Powell was, at one point, considered to be the future of the Republican party. While the 4 star general considered running for President at different times, he never did officially throw his hat into the ring. Powell did serve at George W. Bush’s Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005.
The General gave his thoughts on his political party while speaking at this weekend’s Jefferson Series. According to Powell, Republicans need to stop being fearful of Trump’s retribution and do what’s best for the country.
Powell told the event’s attendees, “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.”
The former Secretary of State then slammed Trump for his behavior during the Hurricane Dorian sharpie incident. “This is not the way the country is supposed to run,” he said. “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.'”
This isn’t the first time Powell has been critical of Donald Trump. Back in 2016, the General blasted then candidate Trump as a racist. “He takes us [black people] for idiots.” Powell had written in an email. “He can never overcome what he tried to do to Obama with his search for the birth certificate hoping to force Obama out of the Presidency. Or, demanding his school transcripts to see how he got into Harvard — (eg, affirmative action).”