Mr. Colin Powell, the former US Secretary of State has publicly and strongly criticized President Trump’s mishandling of brewing protests in various states due to anti-racism. Powell isn’t the first to initiate but actually the latest Republican to condemn Trump’s reaction and his resort to the use of threat via the army to quell the protest which was necessitated by the death of George Floyd.
On May 25, 2020, what seemed like a normal day for George Floyd a regular Joe in America turned rather murky as a chokehold from a police officer who has been charged for second degree murder, ended his life. In his final moments he said, “I can’t breathe”, and for many irate protesters this is the last straw as there has been a steady rise in the killing and brutality of black minority in the US. The protest has seen celebrities and government officials wading in on the conversation.
Following his ‘honest opinion on the president, Mr. Powell vowed to vote for the opposition Democratic candidate, Joe Biden in this year’s elections, and in his open support for the Democrat candidate he said,
“I’m very close to Joe Biden in a social matter and political matter. I worked with him for 35, 40 years. And he is now the candidate, and I will be voting for him”.
Mr. Powell is the only African American to have served as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staffs, and also is part on the long winding queue of former top military officials to have launched a rather contemptuous attack of POTUS.
In speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, Mr. Powell said: “We have a constitution. And we have to follow that constitution. And the president has drifted away from it”. He further threw jabs at the president saying, “He lies about things, and he gets away with it because people will not hold him accountable”.
Other ex-government officials such as former Defense Secretary James Mattis, General Martin Dempsey, the Joint chief of staff under Barack Obama have also openly criticized the president’s decisions on the protests.
President Trump certainly doesn’t back down in a fight as he has been known to soldier on in the past in responding to his critics, and Mr. Powell’s case is no exception. In his response to him on twitter he called the ex-military officer “highly overrated” and a “real stiff who was responsible for getting us into the disastrous Middle East Wars”.
As at Sunday, nine of 13 Minneapolis City Council members had pledged in front of hundreds of protesters vowing to dismantle the local police department and create in its stead “a new model of public safety that actually keeps our community safe”.
Protests in some states are gradually losing steam, with New York’s ending its week long curfew as security measures have significantly been lifted as most unrest have started to ease. Trump has in similar vein said he would be ordering the National Guard to commence withdrawing from Washington DC.