With Powell comment, Trump does more himself to lose support than anyone could do to him

By Gary Abernathy

Trump’s attack on Colin Powell is simply disgusting

Apologies for the second newsletter in one day, but I can’t let the day go by without commenting on Donald Trump’s completely low-class statement on the death of Colin Powell. Powell died Monday.

Trump issued a statement Tuesday saying, "Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big mistakes on Iraq and famously, so-called weapons of mass destruction, be treated in death so beautifully by the Fake News Media. Hope that happens to me someday. He was a classic RINO, if even that, always being the first to attack other Republicans. He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!"

That’s the kind of tone deafness that cost Trump the presidency. Too many Americans got fed up with his cruelty and his penchant for making everything about him, even if they supported his policies.

Colin Powell may not have been my favorite Republican either when it came to his politics, but his life deserves our respect, especially his service to our nation in the armed forces and the racial barriers he broke. And you simply don’t speak ill of the dead, especially so close to their passing.

Here’s how former presidents of all political persuasions should remember Powell, as demonstrated by George. W. Bush and Barack Obama, per CNN:

"Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of Colin Powell," said Bush. "He was a great public servant, starting with his time as a soldier during Vietnam."

"General Powell was an exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot," said Obama. "He was at the center of some of the most consequential events of our lifetimes."

Trump lost my support due to his post-election actions in 2020. But while I continue to defend him against unfair media attacks, this time he earned every bit of piling on that comes his way. This was disgusting.

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