- Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
Colin Powell is no fan of Donald Trump.
In a slew of emails obtained by BuzzFeed News, the former secretary of state tore into the Republican presidential nominee, referring to him as an “international pariah” and a “national disgrace.”
In one email, Powell denounced Trump for perpetuating the so-called birther movement that questioned President Barack Obama’s US citizenship.
“Yup, the whole birther movement was racist,” Powell wrote, according to the BuzzFeed News report. “That’s what the 99% believe. When Trump couldn’t keep that up he said he also wanted to see if the certificate noted that he was a Muslim.”
In another exchange Powell went off on media, echoing the position of other lawmakers who believe the press helped fuel Trump’s rise.
“You guys are playing his game, you are his oxygen,” he said. “[Trump] outraged us again today with his comments on Paris no-go for police districts. I will watch and pick the timing, not respond to the latest outrage.”
The real-estate mogul’s White House run has been unlike any other in modern history. Many of the campaign’s highs and lows have been covered from every angle – much to the chagrin of the GOP nominee himself – who often rails against the coverage while simultaneously generating new headlines.
When Trump publicly revealed the cellphone number for Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina in July, Powell reacted by saying, “Trump has no sense of shame.”
The retired four-star general said he was strategic about publicly criticizing the brash billionaire to avoid enticing him.
“To go on and call him an idiot just emboldens him,” Powell wrote.
Powell has also been critical of the fact that Hillary Clinton has invoked his name while wrestling with the controversy over her use of a private email server while she was in the State Department.
“I have told Hillary’s [sic] minions repeatedly that they are making a mistake trying to drag me in, yet they still try. The media isn’t fooled and she is getting crucified,” Powell wrote.