Former Powell Chief of Staff: ‘My party is full of racists’

By David Ferguson
Saturday, October 27, 2012 14:32 EDT
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Col Lawrence Wilkerson on the Ed Show
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Former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson told Ed Schultz of MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” on Friday that the Republican Party is “full of racists,” and that the main reason most Republicans want President Barack Obama to lose the election to former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) in November is because of the president’s race.

It was during a discussion of former Gov. John Sununu (R-NH)’s remarks that Powell only endorsed the re-election of President Obama because of his race.

“Let me just be candid,” Wilkerson said. “My party full of racists. And the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as Commander in Chief and President, and everything to do with the color of his skin. And that’s despicable.”

Wilkerson is known for his outspokenness. It was he who revealed to the world that Powell had called the neocon cabal headed by Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who controlled foreign policy during George W. Bush’s administration “fucking crazies” for their zeal to invade Iraq.

The former Powell aide has revealed that during his time working for the State Department, Cheney’s employees were viewed as “Nazis.”

“It often went like this: Those Nazis in Vice President Cheney’s office; the Gestapo in Vice President Cheney’s office. That’s kinda the way, by 2003 and 2004, we’d come to look at Scooter Libby and David Addington, including the vice president himself, in that office,” he told “Democracy Now” in 2011.

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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