On Tuesday, two weeks before Election Day, the former George W. Bush Secretary of State and four star general Colin Powell endorsed Hillary Clinton.
“She is smart, she is capable, she was a good Secretary of State,” Powell said to a crowd of more than 1,000 Long Island business and political leaders. “She is balanced, she has temperament and no matter what anyone says, she has stamina … I think she is fully qualified to serve it with distinction.”
The former general said that Donald Trump was unqualified, and cited his insults of Latinos, African Americans, women, fellow Republicans, America’s allies and veterans. “He has insulted America in one way almost every day,” he stated. “He has insulted Latino Americans. He has insulted African-Americans. He has insulted women. He has insulted his own party. He has insulted our allies around the world one by one by one. He has insulted veterans.”
While Powell is and has been a Republican, he endorsed President Obama both in 2008 and 2012.
Like Hillary Clinton, Powell used a personal email account in order to conduct business while he was Secretary of State. While Clinton has come under much scrutiny for her use of a private server, resulting in multiple investigations by Congress and by the FBI, and has received significant criticism for placing state secrets in jeopardy of being hacked, Powell’s emails were the ones that were hacked.
In those emails, Powell’s distaste for Trump was evident as he called Trump a “national disgrace” and an “international pariah,” mentioning his role in the birther movement, noting the fact that it was racist. He also said that Trump has “no sense of shame.”
Powell was also quite critical of Clinton, though he did call her a respected friend. “Everything she touches, she kind of screws up with hubris,” he wrote. He also said in another email that he “would rather not vote for her.”
Considering this fact, it says a lot that the former four star general is not just voting for Clinton, but has come out and publicly endorsed Clinton.