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Donald Trump Calls Colin Powell A “Classic RINO,” Angry That He’s Being Lauded In Press

Donald Trump Calls Colin Powell A “Classic RINO,” Angry That He’s Being Lauded In Press

Donald Trump is apparently not happy that Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, is being spoken about respectfully after his death. While politicians on both sides of the aisle and public figures praised the man, who made history as the first Black Secretary of State, Trump fumed and complained that he wasn’t the one receiving accolades.

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 27: Distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) speaks during the 2018 National Memorial Day Concert at U.S. Capitol, West Lawn on May 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capital Concerts)

Colin Powell’s death from complications from COVID-19 was reported on Monday, and he was honored by leaders across the political spectrum, who praised his work and expressed condolences and well wishes to his family. There were a few exceptions, of course, and on Tuesday morning, Trump — who was busy on Monday being deposed in a lawsuit regarding his culpability in an assault case — joined them, releasing an official statement through his spokesperson, Liz Harrington.

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“Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big mistakes on Iraq and famously, so-called weapons of mass destruction, be treated in death so beautifully by the Fake News Media. Hope that happens to me someday,” Trump groused. “He was a classic RINO, if even that, always being the first to attack other Republicans. He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!”

Trump has complained about negative media attention since he began his 2016 campaign, although he has also said that he is happy to see his name featured and that all press is good press. Still, he appeared to show envy that Powell is being spoken of honorably after his death, questioning whether he will get the same treatment. There’s no sign he recognized the irony of a prepared statement attacking Powell, describing the man as “the first to attack other Republicans.”

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