According to reporting by Newsmax, it has been revealed that former Secretary of State, retired four-star Army general, and supposed Republican Colin Powell will be voting for Hillary Clinton in November.
The “news” isn’t really news, however. After all, we learned last month from hacked emails that the 79-year-old Powell can’t stand Republican nominee Donald Trump, referring to him in those captured missives as a “national disgrace,” as well as an “international pariah.”
Beyond the virulent anti-Trump sentiments expressed in the emails, we just know that, politically, Powell has always been a curious Republican. His liberal positions on a variety of social stances are numerous, and include being pro-choice on abortion, generally in favor of gun control, and supportive of affirmative action. Additionally, Powell was also one of the driving forces behind the institution of the military’s policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
There’s a lot more, including the fact that Powell endorsed President Obama in both 2008 and 2012. While Powell served in various capacities for three Republican presidents (Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush), there’s little about his positions and broad ideology that distinguishes him from a liberal Democrat.
So, against the backdrop of all of that, Colin Powell has announced that he’s voting for Hillary Clinton this year.
Wow; who could have seen that coming?
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large