Colin Powell Says He’s Voting For Biden
Former Republican Secretary of State Powell announced Sunday that he will vote for Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential election.
On the state of the union at CNN, Powell said President Trump had “moved away” from the constitution, and congratulated other retired generals who had recently denounced Trump’s response to the protests at the following the death of George Floyd.
Former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Chiefs of Defense Staff Powell on Sunday approved former US Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, becoming the first high-ranking Republican to publicly support rival Donald Trump before the November elections.
Powell, who commanded the U.S. military during the 1991 Gulf War in Iraq under former Republican President George HW. Bush, who then headed the State Department under President George W. Bush, said Trump had “moved away” from the US constitution and posed a threat to the country and its democracy.
“I can’t support President Trump this year,” Powell, who did not vote for the Republican president in 2016, told CNN. When asked if he would vote for Biden, he replied, “I will vote for him.”
“I think what we are seeing now with the biggest protest that I have confused in my life, I think it indicates that the country has become wiser about it and we will not tolerate it anymore,” said Powell.
Colin Powell, who said he would vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016, also asked about the constitutionality of Trump’s behavior as president.
“We have a constitution,” said Powell. “We must follow this constitution. The president has moved away from it.”
The NY Times reported on Sunday that many prominent Republicans are considering not voting for Trump, and may include former President George W. Bush. However, it is not clear how many, if any, would publicly support Biden.
Trump, who criticized the war in Iraq, in a tweet that Powell called “very harsh.”
Colin Powell is the last former military officer to reprimand Trump following widespread public protests to combat racial injustice caused by the death of an unarmed black man in Minnesota on May 25.
Former Defense Minister Jim Mattis and other retired officers have condemned Trump in recent days for a rare reprimand with few precedents in U.S. history.
Some Republican lawmakers have also spoken about Trump’s handling of the protests and raised questions about their support for his re-election, although most have remained silent or have continued to express support for the president.
Last week, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski told reporters that she was wondering if she should support Trump in the November 3 elections and praised Mattis’ strong words as did his Republican colleague Mitt Romney.
Colin Powell, a black man, was one of the few prominent Republicans to condemn Trump during the presidential tour of the previous reality TV star in 2016, and publicly supported Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton.
reported by NPR