Former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced Tuesday that he will be supporting Hillary Clinton in November’s presidential election.
The retired four-star Army general and a Republican who served in the George W. Bush administration, made the announcement during a luncheon on New York’s Long Island.
According to Newsday reporter Robert Brodsky, Powell said Republican nominee Donald Trump “insults us every day” and is “selling people a bill of goods.”
Boom. Colin Powell says he will vote for Hillary Clinton. Says will serve w/ distinction and cites experience and stamina
— Robert Brodsky (@BrodskyRobert) October 25, 2016
— Paule Pachter (@PaulePachter) October 25, 2016
Past correspondences reveal that Powell seemed to dislike Trump from the outset. In a leaked email, Powell referred to the Republican nominee as a “national disgrace” and “international pariah.” In a separate email, he claimed the birther movement was a “racist” conspiracy theory which Trump had no business propping up.
Clinton, too, has also given Powell a fair share of problems, particularly when it came to her comments that suggested Powell was the one who suggested she use of a private email server to conduct government business.
“I didn’t tell Hillary to have a private server at home, connected to the Clinton Foundation, two contractors, took away 60,000 emails, had her own domain,” Powell said in the emails leaked last month.
“I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect,” Powell wrote in another leaked email. “A 70-year person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still d—ing bimbos at home (according to the [New York Post]).”
“Everything HRC touches she kind of screws up with hubris,” he added
Powell also referred to the investigations into Benghazi, Libya, as a “stupid witch hunt”
“Benghazi is a stupid witch hunt,” he wrote in an email. “Basic fault falls on a courageous ambassador who thoughts Libyans now love me and I am ok in this very vulnerable place.”
Other Bush administration veterans have crossed party lines to endorse Clinton, including former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, former President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board Chairman Brent Scowcroft, former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.
During his endorsement, Powell claimed that Clinton will serve with distinction and cited her experience and stamina.
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