Ret. Gen. Colin Powell Says Republican Party has a “Dark Vein of Intolerance”

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Ret. Gen. Colin Powell slammed the GOP Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” saying that “there’s also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party. What do I mean by that? What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities.” Colin Powell pointed to a number of statements directed at President Obama as evidence that there is still racism within the Republican Party.

He singled out former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s “shuck and jive” comment aimed at President Obama’s response to the attacks in Libya:  ”When I see a former governor say that the president is ‘shuckin’ and jivin’.’ That’s a racial-era slave term,” he said.

He also took aim at former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, a Romney surrogate, who called the president “lazy” after the first debate. I might also add Sununu also said the president needed to learn how to be an American and that Colin Powell only endorsed him because he’s black. Here’s what Gen. Powell had to say about John Sununu: ”He didn’t say he was slow, he was tired, he didn’t do well; he said he was ‘lazy.’ Now, it may not mean anything to most Americans, but to those of us who are African Americans, the second word is “shiftless,” and then there’s a third word that goes along with it.”

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 Ret. Gen. Colin Powell Says Republican Party has a Dark Vein of Intolerance