Former Secretary of State under George W. Bush, Colin Powell, said Tuesday that America has become a society that’s based on “insults” and “lies” under the presidency of Donald Trump, cautioning that a deterioration of public discourse is seriously hurting America’s reputation in other countries.
“We have come to live in a society based on insults, on lies and on things that just aren’t true. It creates an environment where deranged people feel empowered,” Colin Powell said at an event in Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, according to CNN.
“We’ve seen incidents before but now, we’ve come to live in a society based on insults and attacking almost every facet of American life,” Powell added.
Powell urged “all public officials” to work alongside members of the opposing party and to cool the political hostilities after a series of bombs were sent to famous Democrats and CNN and the tragic massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
The former Cabinet official is often critical of President Trump, and has questioned directly whether Trump can ever be a moral leader for America.
In Nebraska, Colin Powell was critical of the evil president’s rhetoric toward immigrants, and in particular a group of poor Central American migrants making their way toward the U.S. border. Trump has lied that the group is an imminent threat to our national security, spreading lies that “unknown Middle Easterners” as well as “thugs” are traveling in the group.
“This is a disgrace,” Colin Powell declared. “I don’t see any terrorists. I don’t see any bombs going off. I’m not saying we let everybody in, you don’t just open the door. But we should avoid language like this and see how we can solve this problem.”