Former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell (pictured) has announced that he has distanced himself from the GOP.
In a Sunday (January 10) interview with CNN correspondent Fareed Zakaria, Powell reacted to last week’s staged coup attempt by pro-Donald Trump rioters on the U.S. Capitol, which left five people dead
o disapprove of Trump’s behavior) have “encouraged, at least, this wildness to grow and grow.” Powell agreed.
“They did [encourage the wildness] and that’s why I can no longer call myself a fellow Republican,” he replied.
He added that he is “not a fellow anything right now.” Powell stated that he is a citizen who has voted for both Democrats and Republicans throughout the span of his career.
The former U.S. government official said that he is currently observing his country. He endorsed Joe Biden in August 2020, saying he will “be a president we will all be proud to salute.”
As a Republican, Powell was critical of President Trump during his presidency. The former military general condemned fellow Republicans for not standing up to him.
“I do not know how he was able to attract all these people,” Powell said.
“They should’ve known better but they were so taken by their political standing and none of them wanted to put themselves at political risk. They would not stand up, to tell the truth, or stand up and criticism him, or criticize others,” Powell said.
He went on to say that there is a need for leaders who will speak the truth.
“[Our country’s elected officials must] remember that they’re here for our fellow citizens. They’re here for our country. They’re not here to be simply re-elected again,” said the former statesman.
Powell was the first Black American to serve as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989-1993 and as secretary of state from 2001-2005 under the George W. Bush administration.
He joined the Republican Party in 1996 after deciding not to run for the U.S. presidency.
Powell’s announcement regarding the Republican Party comes after two GOP Senators called for President Trump to resign. The two U.S. Senate members announce this just days before Trump’s term ends before President-elect Biden assumes the nation’s top job.
Pat Toomey and Lisa Murkowski are the Republican U.S. Senators who made the announcement.
They said they believe Trump’s role in inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol attacks was enough to deem him unfit to lead the nation. Their reactions differ from many Democrats in the House and Senate who feel the Trump cabinet should invoke the 25th Amendment.
Dems are calling on Congress to uphold its constitutional duty and seek impeachment against Trump for a second time.
Reference: Terrell, A, Graynor, G. (2021, January 10) Colin Powell says he’s no longer a Republican. Retrieved from https://thegrio.com/2021/01/10/colin-powell-republican/