I doubt this headline will shock anyone reading this blog but I was very proud to see Mr. Wilkerson come to the defense of Colin Powell and call out the Republicans for what they really are. It should offend everyone in this country to have one of Mitt Romney’s henchmen imply that the only reason that Colin Powell would have endorsed President Obama is that they were both black. What bullshit!
Thanks to Huffington Post for the following article.
Former Colin Powell Aide,
Blasts Sununu, GOP, As ‘Full Of Racists’
Colin Powell’s former chief of staff condemned the Republican Party on Friday night, telling MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, “My party is full of racists.”
Retired Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson made the comment in response to Mitt Romney campaign surrogate John Sununu’s suggestion on Thursday that Powell’s endorsement of President Barack Obama’s re-election was motivated by race. Wilkerson, who served as Powell’s chief of staff when the general was secretary of state during the first George W. Bush term, told Schultz that he respected Sununu “as a Republican, as a member of my party,” but did not “have any respect for the integrity of the position that [Sununu] seemed to codify.”
When asked by Schultz what, if anything, the remark said about the attitudes of the Republican Party, Wilkerson said:
My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people — not all of them, but most of them — who are still basing their positions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that’s despicable.
The retired colonel also said that “to say that Colin Powell would endorse President Obama because of his skin color is like saying Mother Theresa worked for profit.”
Powell, a Republican, endorsed Obama for the second time on Thursday morning –he also backed the president in 2008 — saying on CBS’ “This Morning” that he was “more comfortable with President Obama and his administration” than with Romney on a host of issues.
Sununu, no stranger to incendiary rhetoric this election cycle, reacted to the endorsement on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” saying that “when you take a look at Colin Powell, you have to wonder whether that’s an endorsement based on issues or whether he’s got a slightly different reason for preferring President Obama.”
Obama himself dismissed Sununu’s suggestion on Friday, telling radio host Michael Smerconish:
Any suggestion that Gen. Powell would make such a profound statement in such an important election based on anything but what he thought was what’s going to be best for America doesn’t make much sense.
Reblogged this on amazinglyautistic and commented:
“Republicans are undoubtedly racist, and it’s disgusting. President Obama looks out for the American people, while Mitt Romney is concerned with the haves. As a low-income college student, I depend on a President who supports education, taking care of the environment, and most importantly, one who treats all humans with dignity and respect. President Obama got my vote because of his commitment to providing healthcare for those in need, regulating wall-street, supporting women’s rights and the GBLT community. Furthermore, he does not blame 47% of Americans for our economic problems. He does not invest in foreign oil and pay 14% tax on capital gains. In addition,President Barrack Obama understands and appreciates immigrants who come to America, looking for an opportunity. Governor Romney is a man of privilege; he has lied to the public over and over. He pays less tax than the average American and endorses Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin. I would never vote for Romney. Race does not matter. Qualifications do matter and President Obama is the man for the job.”