Former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday he will vote for Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential election.
Colin Powell, who led the US military during the 1991 Gulf War in Iraq under Republican former President George H.W. Bush and later led the Department of State under President George W. Bush, said Trump has “drifted away” from the US Constitution and posed a danger to the country and its democracy.
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Powell said that President Donald Trump has “drifted away” from the Constitution, and praised other former generals who have recently denounced Trump’s response to protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
“I cannot in any way support President Trump this year,” Powell, who did not vote for the Republican president in 2016, told CNN. Asked if he would vote for Biden, he added: “I will be voting for him.”
Trump, who has been critical of the Iraq war, in a tweet called Powell “a real stiff”.
“I think what we’re seeing now with the most massive protest movement I have ever seen in my life, I think it suggests that the country is getting wise to this and we’re not going to put up with it anymore,” Powell said.
Powell, who said he’d vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016, also posed questions about the constitutionality of Trump’s conduct as president.
“We have a Constitution,” Powell said. “And we have to follow that Constitution. And the president has drifted away from it.”