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In a previous article, I explained why General Colin Powell was one of the men I admired most. To sum it up, he was a true patriot who believed in the people of our country. However, your former illegitimate president continues to demean the history of loyal Americans like General Powell and Senator John McCain.
First, he attacked the former Secretary of State for his involvement in the illegal invasion of Iraq. He failed to know or understand that he was duped by the George W. Bush administration into repeating their lies. Once again Trump proved that his choice not to read and learn makes him one of the most ignorant men in the world. Instead, he was jealous of “how beautifully he has been treated by the press.”
“Hope that happens to me someday,” Trump said.
“He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!” he said.
Trump’s real complaint is that General Powell supported Joe Biden in 2020. That is the reason he made failed attempts to discredit the former Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff and an adviser to four presidents.
“We need people that will speak the truth,” Powell told CNN after the Jan. 6 insurrection by Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol, the event that prompted his final break from the Republican Party.
Trump constantly made verbal attacks on great Americans. Both John McCain and the legend John Lewis were demeaned in other long-winded and garbled tirades.
Others made glowing statements about General Powell, including George W. Bush, Barrack Obama, Mike Pence, and Liz Cheney.
But the most direct and accurate came from Olivia Troye, a former homeland security official and former aide to Pence, who also denounced the former president’s comments.
“He was a man of honor & integrity,” Troye wrote of Powell on Twitter. “Trump’s disgusting & vile statement about Powell is another blatant reminder that he doesn’t care nor have the capacity to understand and respect those who serve our great country.”
If you read, you might remember how many times Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Saudi Royal Prince, Mohammad bin Salman. He occasionally paid homage to other dictators, including Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Rodrigo Duterte. These are “Trump’s people,” and the men he emulates and attempts to mimic for four years.
For 75 years, four months, and four days Trump has proven that he is not an American. He is an opportunist who will support those who care for his future: that is until he does not. Loyalty is one-sided with the orange buffoon.
A final note to anyone ignorant enough to continue believing in Trump and his lies. Unless you are a white supremacist, a sexual predator, a greedy and ambitious fascist, and a bigot, you cannot be that stupid. He is a failure, a liar, and intent on destroying our democracy. Ask yourself, “is he worthy of holding office or simply calling himself an ‘American?’” And don’t lie to yourself!
Op-ed by James Turnage
USA Today: Amid tributes to Colin Powell, Donald Trump disparages former secretary of state; by David Jackson
New York Daily News: LEONARD GREENE: Colin Powell was honest, humble and forever haunted by the war in Iraq
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