Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday blasted President Trump’s frequent attacks on the press, saying he doesn’t think Trump can be a moral leader because he has replaced “we the people” with “me the president.”
“My favorite three words in our Constitution is the first three words – ‘We the People.’ ‘We the People.’ But recently it’s become ‘me the president,’ as opposed to ‘We the People.’ And you see things that should not be happening,” the former U.S. Army general said on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”
Powell pointed to Trump’s attacks on the press, which the president has dubbed “the enemy of the people,” as well as his frequent attacks and insults of his opponents.
“How can a president of the United States get up and say that the media is the enemy of Americans? Hasn’t he read the First Amendment? You’re not supposed to like everything the press says or what anyone says in the First Amendment,” Powell said.
“And I hope the president can come to the realization that he should really stop insulting people. And I used this two years ago when I said I could not vote for him in the 2016 election — and why? He insulted everybody,” Powell added, noting Trump’s attacks on African Americans, immigrants, women and his fellow candidates for president.
Powell also said that “the world is watching” and that the world “cannot believe that we are doing things like separating mothers and children who were trying to get across the border,” referencing Trump’s former “zero tolerance” immigration policy.