HUD Secretary Ben Carson was asked to react to former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s harsh criticism of President Trump.
“I admire Gen. Powell and he certainly is entitled to his opinion and the way that he wants to conduct himself, but I generally don’t find it particularly useful to demonize other people.”
"I admire Gen. Powell and he certainly is entitled to his opinion and the way that he wants to conduct himself, but I generally don't find it particularly useful to demonize other people."
Sec. Ben Carson responds to Gen. Colin Powell's comments about President Trump. pic.twitter.com/qqUuVEBCi9
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Appearing on CNN with Jake Tapper, former Secretary of State Colin Powell called some of Trump’s actions and behavior “dangerous for our country.”
Powell also said he would be voting for Joe Biden, saying “I’m very close to Joe Biden in a social manner and political manner. I’ve worked with him for 35, 40 years, and he is now the candidate and I will be voting for him.”
I never believed that the constitution was under threat until recently. I have concerns about that. We should all be attentive right now to how the rule of law is being administered in this country.
We have a constitution. We have to follow that constitution. The president’s drifted away from it. I’m so proud of what these generals and admirals have done, and others have done.
The first thing that troubled me is the whole birther movement. The birthers movement had to do with the fact that the president of the United States, President Obama, was a black man. That was part of it. And then I was deeply troubled by the way in which he was going around insulting everybody, insulting gold star mothers, insulting John McCain, insulting immigrants—I’m a son of immigrants— insulting anybody who dared to speak against him. And that is dangerous for our democracy.
It is dangerous for our country. I think what we’re seeing now, those massive protest movements I have ever seen in my life. I think this suggests the country is getting wise to this, and we’re not going to put up with it anymore.
We’re not the country of just the president, we have a Congress, we have a Supreme Court, but most of all we have the people of the United States, the ones who vote. The ones who vote him in and the ones who vote him out. I couldn’t vote for him in 2016. I certainly cannot in any way support President Trump this year.