Former Secretary of State Colin Powell blasted the current Republican field of presidential candidates on Sunday, saying that “even jerry Springer thinks things have gone too far.”
Speaking with NPR’s All Things Considered, Powell said he thinks former first lady Nancy Reagan, who died earlier in the day, would be downright “disturbed” at the way her husband’s name is being invoked by some today.
Powell, who served as Ronald Reagan’s national security advisor, spoke of the “civility” and “lack of any nastiness” he saw in Reagan, and then denounced the tone of the current Republican presidential race:
To stand there and do junior high school tricks on one another is belittling the country and belittling the office to which they are striving.
Powell then added:
Even Jerry Springer thinks it’s gone too far, and when Jerry Springer thinks you’ve gone too far, my friends, you have gone too far.
This comment referred to recent comments Springer, a Democrat who was the Mayor of Cincinnati in the late 1970s, made in the Financial Times.
Powell still contends that he is a Republican, as least he did as of last fall, despite the fact that he strongly supported Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. During both of these election years, Powell condemned the rhetoric of the GOP.
In 2008, I spoke out against calling the president a Muslim as if that was a curse. I don’t know anything in the Constitution that says Muslims are bad.
In 2012, Powell loudly decried what he said was “a level of intolerance in some parts of the party — and there was. And I think there still is.”
Powell chose not to name any specific candidates in his remarks, but it isn’t hard to guess who he had in mind.
Listen to Powell’s interview with All Things Considered here:
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