Former Secretary of State, Colin Powell on Meet the Press today defended anti-gay Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel but also in the same interview Powell, a registered moderate Republican, accused the GOP of being racist and using a “dark veil of intolerance,” particularly their use racially-loaded terms when discussing the president and his policies.
When asked about Hagel’s anti-gay comments about gay people being unfit to represent the United States abroad and if it wouls impact the continued implementation of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’s repeal, Powell said
“There are still issues that have to be resolved, but, I think, he will go after these issues in a way that will be very consistent with the administration’s position, with the law and with the aspirations of our gay and lesbian men and women in the military. He is now responsible for them, he is now responsible for them having a proper environment in which to do their jobs. And that will include making sure that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and the elimination of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is fully implemented.”
Powell then moved on to racism in the GOP.
“When I see a former governor [Sarah Palin] say that the President is “shuckin’ and jivin’,” that’s racial era slave term. When I see another former governor [John Sununu] after the president’s first debate where he didn’t do very well, says that the president was lazy. He didn’t say he was slow. He was tired. He didn’t do well. He said he was lazy.
Now, it may not mean anything to most Americans, but to those of us who are African Americans, the second word is shiftless and then there’s a third word that goes along with that. The birther, the whole birther movement. Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party? “
Short answer Colin. They are all evil and bigots. You really should know that by now.
But would Colin Powell support Hagel if his past comments were anti-black and his past Senate votes against the civil rights of the black community.