Head of State Department under President George W. Bush, Colin Powell, did not hold back when it came to critiquing Trump’s immigration policies, how the president treats the press as well as how Trump insults others.
Powell took on Trump’s slogan ‘Make America Great Again,’ saying the United States has always been great.
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“We are great now. We always have been great,” Powell said. “And so I think what we really have to do is to start changing our mode of dealing with the rest of the world and try to get a system where we are calming down, stop insulting everybody, and see if we cannot reach out.”
Powell also brought up Trump’s attacks on media, or as Trump likes to call them, the ‘fake media’ and ‘the enemy of the press.’
“How can a president of the United States get up and say that the media is the enemy of Americans? Hasn’t he read the First Amendment? You’re not supposed to like everything the press says or what anyone says in the First Amendment,” Powell stated.
Powell also addressed how Trump degrades others.
“And I hope the president can come to the realization that he should really stop insulting people. And I used this two years ago when I said I could not vote for him in the 2016 election — and why? He insulted everybody,” Powell shared.
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From calling Hillary Clinton ‘crooked,’ to lawmaker Maxine Waters as ‘crazy,’ Trump is not very good at playing nice.
Powell also talked about the President’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy — which divided children from their families who illegally crossed the border.
“The world is watching, and they cannot believe that we are doing things like separating mothers and children who were trying to get across the border from south of our border – immigrants,” Powell stated. “They can’t believe that we’re making such an effort to cease immigration coming into the country. It’s what’s kept us alive.”
Since April, close to 3,000 children have been separated from their families due to Trump’s administration’s efforts to curb illegal immigration.
In June, Trump did reverse his separate policy when the country became very upset but according to The New York Times, 13,000 children still reside in detention centers.
As we have seen in the past few years, Powell has never really been in Trump’s corner.
When Powell’s emails were hacked during the presidential campaign of September of 2016, it was discovered that he called Trump a ‘national disgrace’ and an ‘international pariah.’
Those are fighting words, no doubt about it. But hey, bonus points for using the word ‘pariah’ as an insult – it is both descriptive and soul-crushing. One thing is for sure, Powell is not afraid of letting his voice be heard and we respect his boldness.
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