Former Secretary of State Colin Powell might as well switch his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat. After endorsing President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, Powell announced on Tuesday at a New York luncheon that he will vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, CNN reports.
Speaking to an audience of more than 1,000 political and business leaders in Woodbury, Long Island, Powell cited Clinton’s experience and stamina as reasons that she’s better qualified than Trump for the White House, according to Newsday.
Powell said Trump is “not qualified” to lead the military and has sold the nation a “bill of goods” that he’s incapable of producing, reported Newsday.
The retired four-star general and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs continued: “He has insulted America in one way almost every day. He has insulted Latino Americans. He has insulted African-Americans. He has insulted women. He has insulted his own party. He has insulted our allies around the world one by one-by-one. He has insulted veterans.”
It’s no surprise that Powell slammed the GOP candidate. The Washington Post reported that Powell’s hacked emails, released in September, showed that he called the businessman “a national disgrace and an international pariah.”
His emails revealed that he also has issues with Clinton. They show that Powell denied reports, stemming from Clinton’s interview with FBI investigators, that he advised her to use a private email server as secretary of state.
In his hacked email, Powell stated that “everything [she] touches she kind of screws up with hubris.” Powell also said he would “rather not have to vote for” Clinton, but that “she is a friend I respect.”