Former Secretary of State Colin Powell presented several critiques of the Republican party on Meet the Press Sunday. While Powell stated that he is still a Republican, and moderate at that, he called out growing intolerance within the GOP.
Powell said that the party has developed a “dark vein of intolerance” and that many members believe that they can “look down on minorities.”
As American demographics shift to more people of color, the realities of inclusion, or the absence thereof, could isolate and date the party in ways that continue translating to losing presidential candidates, according to Powell. The leader also said that the party’s rightward shift and current ideals incense many Americans.
He said that Americans were clear when they elected President Barack Obama twice, and that prior to voting for President Obama, Powell voted for seven straight Republican presidents.
The former secretary of state referenced the collective consciousness and said that people can’t dismiss the infamous 47 percent gaffe, immigration intolerance and voter disenfranchisement tactics. He said that these frustrations caused many to stand in line to vote.
Powell said that national improvements must be made in education, immigration and solidly in climate change. While the GOP isn’t currently noted for headway in each of those, Powell stated the risks of maintaining an identity as the wealthy, white party of lowered taxes.
“I think what the Republican Party needs to do now is take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed,” he said. “The country is changing demographically, and if the Republican Party does not change along with that demographic, they’re going to be in trouble.”