Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday, June 7 became the latest member of the Republican Party's old guard to announce that he will not be voting for President Donald Trump in November's general election. Powell, who served under Republican President George W. Bush, said he'll vote for Democrat Joe Biden in the general election.
Powell said Trump needs to understand the Constitution and the restraints on him.
Trump responded swiftly on Twitter, mocking Powell's intention to vote for his likely Democratic opponent and calling the retired four-star general "a real stiff" who got the US into wars after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S.
"I worked with him for 35, 40 years, and he is now the candidate and I will be voting for him", he continued. Powell said he strongly agreed with their statements, adding "the president has drifted away from the Constitution".
The former secretary of state called Trump - who has shown disdain for diplomacy and long-standing USA allies and has demonized immigrants - a liar who has harmed America's moral authority.
The public denunciations from figures including Powell and Murkowski could sway more Republicans, Sanford said.
The president tweeted a response declaring Powell "a real stiff".
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"Campaigning is not my strong suit, and I will be speaking for him, but I don't plan to make campaign trips", he said.
Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and other retired officers have condemned Trump in recent days.
Noting that numerous top Republicans stayed away from Trump in 2016, figuring incorrectly that he couldn't win, the power of incumbency and having a Republican in the White House is still not enough to make them chnage their mind in 2020. "They didn't, but off we went to WAR!"
"I think what we're seeing now, this massive protest movement I have ever seen in my life, I think it suggests the country is getting wise to this and we're not going to put up with it anymore", Powell told Tapper.
"Many of us watched the use of active-duty military to clear peaceful protesters out of Lafayette Square, and it rang echoes of what the founders feared more than anything which was the use of armed active-duty military against citizens", retired Admiral James Stavridis said on NBC's "Meet the Press".
"Didn't Powell say that Iraq had 'weapons of mass destruction?' They didn't, but off we went to WAR!" he added. Trump wrote. "He has no choice, the Dems are controlled by the Radical Left".