What are the four most devastating words Colin Powell can use?
“Those emails are accurate.”
In emails obtained and leaked by DCLeaks.com, Powell expresses what should be clear to any rational person: Trump is “an international pariah.” An aide to Powell confirmed the accuracy of the emails, but wouldn’t comment further. Powell himself told Buzzfeed news, “I have no further comment. I’m not denying it.” So what other leaked statements is Powell refusing to distance himself from?
There is nothing [Trump] can say that will sway black voters…He takes us for idiots. He can never overcome what he tried to do to Obama with his search for the birth certificate … the whole birther movement was racist … And for him to say yesterday that within four years he would have 95% of blacks voting for him is schizo fantasy.
[Trump] is in the process of destroying himself, no need for Dems to attack him. Paul Ryan is calibrating his position again.
And in an email with the subject line “racism”:
Or as I said before the 2012 election, ‘There is a level of intolerance in parts of the Republican Party.’
Given the way that Powell seems to have been distancing himself from the far right elements of the Republican party, a lot of this shouldn’t come as a big surprise. But his unwillingness to retract his private opinion once it was made public is admirable. Especially when the leaked emails make it clear he isn’t exactly cozied up to the Clinton campaign either. Concerning Clinton’s private email server, Powell wrote:
Sad thing… HRC could have killed this two years ago by merely telling everyone honestly what she had done and not tie me into it. I told her staff three times not to try that gambit. I had to throw a mini tantrum at a Hampton’s party to get their attention.
In another email exchange with Condoleezza Rice, Powell also called Benghazi a “witch hunt,” and Rice agreed.
“Benghazi is a stupid witch hunt. Basic fault falls on a courageous ambassador who thoughts Libyans now love me and I am ok in this very vulnerable place,” Powell wrote in a December 2015 email exchange with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about US Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, who died in the 2012 incident.
“Completely agree,” Rice responds, adding, “Let me know when you’re in town and we’ll have that glass of wine (or two).”
It’s hard to imagine Powell’s leaked thoughts on the candidates will have much sway on voters, but it is important to note the difference in those opinions from someone familiar with the inner workings of our government. Hillary Clinton took dubious actions regarding her email; Donald Trump is “a national disgrace.”
Source: CBS News