Washington, Oct 27: A former aide of ex-US Secretary of State Colin Powell has slammed the Republican Party, saying it is full of ‘racists’.
Retired Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson’s remarks came in response to Mitt Romney campaign surrogate John Sununu’s suggestion that Powell’s endorsement of President Barack Obama’s re-election was motivated by race.
Sununu, the former New Hampshire governor, said that Powell endorsed Obama because both men are African American.
According to Huff Post, Wilkerson, told MSNBC that he respected Sununu ‘as a Republican, as a member of my party,’ but did not ‘have any respect for the integrity of the position that [Sununu] seemed to codify.’
“My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people-not all of them, but most of them-who are still basing their positions on race,” the report quoted him, as saying.
“Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that’s despicable,” he added.
According to the report, the retired colonel also said that ‘to say that Colin Powell would endorse President Obama because of his skin color is like saying Mother Theresa worked for profit.’ (ANI)