Washington, Jan 14: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican who crossed party lines to endorse President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, has said that his party has harbored a ‘dark vein of intolerance, adding that they ‘have to take a very hard look at itself.’
In an interview on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’, he said that there is a ‘dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party’.
According to CBS News, as evidence, Powell pointed to a number of statements that were directed at Obama during the campaign by Republicans, statements that he believed were ‘racially motivated’.
Powell said of Sarah Palin’s description of the president’s response to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that ‘when he sees a former governor saying that the president is ‘shuckin’ and jivin’. ‘That’s a racial era slave-term’.
He also took issue with former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu’s characterization of the president as ‘lazy’ following a tepid performance in the first presidential debate, the report said.
Powell also singled out the ‘birther movement’ for criticism, expressing amazement that Republicans have not excommunicated the fringe conspiracy theorists from the party.
Powell noted that he was a moderate, but a Republican also, and fretted that his party may soon be facing obsolescence if it does not reorient itself.
According to the report, Powell argued that the problem is more message than messenger, beyond public relations and optics to the Republican platform itself, and advised the GOP to moderate its stance on education, immigration, and climate change to attract new voters. (ANI)