Colin Powell: there is a “dark vein of intolerance” in the Republican Party

Republican and former Secretary of State Colin Powell had some harsh criticism for his Party on Sunday, saying some portions of it suffer from a “dark vein of intolerance.”

“What do I mean by that?” Powell said. “What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities.”

On NBC‘s “Meet the Press,” Powell accused the Republican Party of engaging in tactics to suppress the vote of minorities and making racial slurs about President Obama. The former Secretary of State took offense at one former Republican governor calling Obama “lazy” after his poor first debate performance during the 2012 election.

“He didn’t say he was slow, he was tired, he didn’t do well,” Powell said. “He said that he was lazy. Now that may not mean anything to most Americans, but to those of us who are African-Americans, the second word is shiftless and there’s a third word that goes along with it.”

Meet the Press” host David Gregory called Powell out for being a Republican with some decidedly anti-Republican viewpoints. Powell, who voted for Obama in the last two presidential elections, responded that he still considers himself a Republican, but thinks the Party needs to reevaluate its priorities.

“I think the Republican Party right now is having an identity problem,” he said. “And I’m still a Republican.”

During the course of the interview, Powell also defended current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about her handling of Benghazi.

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  1. Ibulena says:

    Powell is showing his true colors! I met him in person about 9 years ago and my impression was he has little use for white people. I watched his interaction with staff (at an embassy) and in my ipoinion it was very obvious. He may say he is a Republican, but it is only because he does not want to deal with officially changing his party. …hmmm maybe because he is lazy.

    Pretty sick and tired of the “race card” always being tossed out there. Obama is lazy. He certainly does not govern. He campaigns, golfs, goes on The View and vacations. He does not work, he is lazy!!!

  2. karen says:

    seems you are the racist Mr Powell if you hear the word lazy and think it refers to the color of your skin. I’m sorry you made this kind of statement because now I have no respect for you.

  3. Ryan Jones says:

    Good to know Powell is a RINO. He can go be a a Democrat and tell him to shut up.

  4. Austin says:

    Well in honesty Obama takes more vacation than anyone I know Colin Powell, and they don’t measure industry in vacation days!

  5. sda53 says:

    There was a time I thought this man would make a good president but he has lost all common sense. He no longer has the views or loyalty of a free America. What a shame that he quit thinking for himself and just a follower thru arrogance. The lives lost in Benghazi were not handled properly. They were hung out to be murdered by obama. What happened to being a Patriot Colin? The money this family spends in the White House is just rubbing it in the face of our struggling country. Very disappointed in Colin and he is the one thinking with racist opinions. We think obama is lazy and it has nothing to do with skin color. He does not have our best interest at heart but that of his brotherhood. He is no working for us and seems more every day that none of our government is looking out for us but obama’s agenda.

  6. Ken Shepherd says:

    “Dark vein of intolerance”? You mean like the sort of intolerance shown to conservative African-Americans by the Left, General Powell?

  7. Donna Arthur says:

    Powell is in the same tank as Holder, the Obama’s, and all the Left who praised Barack as their Savior. The Republicans & Conservatives are the ones who’ve been getting ‘raped’ through all this Mr. Powell..!! The race card has been pulled so many times, no one could keep count…by who? Holder and Barack mainly….but also the left. So, I think you need to ease up and quit drinking the hater-ade, Powell…..you’ve lost ALL my respect for you. Change your party because we don’t want you in ours, K?

  8. Disgusting, your opinion gives even more credence to his statements. You, seem strangely out of touch with the majority.

    1. sda53 says:

      I certainly hope so. obama has brought more attention to race than has been done in years. I live in Mississippi and we all get along and don’t think one is any better than the other. Some live by better values and some don’t but skin color has nothing to do with it at all. Bury your head Ric and stay shallow. Seeing things like they really are now would probably be too much for you to handle. I lived thru integration and it was horrible for all us children. But we were kids and all played together at home and did not understand what the big deal was then. It was wrong and I am glad things are equal now. I don’t want to be in the majority if they continue down the path to destruction they are taking our country on today. God Bless America!

  9. ckehoss says:

    I agree with Colin and would vote for him in a heat beat. The only thing that is showing up for the republican party are the gunslingers. We are suppose to be about more than just guns. They appear to be unable to make their point due to the offensive banter that they offer during any debate. I am Republican too but I do not always think that the republican party has the issue at hand in their mind. It is always about being Republican instead of being what is best for the majority of Americans and the polls are showing it. We had better get a grip or Joe Biden will be the next pres.

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