- Powell made the announcement on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday.
- A NYT report that George W. Bush was backing Biden has been disputed.
- Trump was quick to respond to Powell in a pair of tweets.
Ret. Gen. Colin Powell, who served as Secretary of State to Republican President George W. Bush, said he will vote for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden over Republican incumbent Donald Trump in the forthcoming November presidential election. A report that Bush himself wouldn’t back Trump has since been refuted by a Bush spokesman.
The New York Times reported about George W. Bush’s intention to back Biden, along with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), the party’s presidential standard-bearer in 2012, quoting close associates of the former Republican President. On Monday, Bush spokesman Freddy Ford disputed the report, which was also picked up by the Texas Tribune. “This is completely made up. He is retired from presidential politics and has not indicated how he will vote.”
Powell made the announcement on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday. He opines that he is upset by Trump’s behavior of abusing anyone who doesn’t agree with him. He also argues that President Donald Trump is moving away from the Constitution, and becoming dangerous to the country. “I was deeply troubled by the way in which he was going around insulting everybody,” Powell told CNN, “insulting anybody who dared to speak against him.”
“And that is dangerous for our democracy, it is dangerous for our country. And I think what we’re seeing now, the most massive protest movement I have ever seen in my life, I think suggests the country is getting wise to this and we’re not going to put up with it anymore.”
Instead, Powell says he will be voting for Biden, whom he has known and worked with for decades: “I certainly cannot in any way support President Trump this year,” Powell, a Republican, said. He did not vote for Trump in 2016 either. Powell said he was“very close to Joe Biden on a social matter and on a political matter,” adding: “I worked with him for 35, 40 years, and he is now the candidate and I will be voting for him.”
“Colin Powell, a real stiff who was very responsible for getting us into the disastrous Middle East Wars, just announced he will be voting for another stiff, Sleepy Joe Biden. Didn’t Powell say that Iraq had “weapons of mass destruction?” They didn’t, but off we went to WAR!”
Powell was in office as the US Secretary of State in 2003, when the United States invaded Iraq. Trump added:
“Somebody please tell highly overrated Colin Powell that I will have gotten almost 300 Federal Judges approved (a record), Two Great Supreme Court Justices, rebuilt our once depleted Military, Choice for Vets, Biggest Ever Tax & Regulation Cuts, Saved Healthcare & 2A, & much more!”