In a series of leaked emails obtained by BuzzFeed News, former Secretary of State Colin Powell blasted GOP nominee Donald Trump as a “national disgrace” and an “international pariah.”
According to BuzzFeed, “the remarks came in an email to Emily Miller, a journalist who was once Powell’s aide. In that same email, Powell also said Trump “is in the process of destroying himself, no need for Dems to attack him.”
The report also revealed that in a separate email, in response to a news article about Trump’s giving out US Sen. Lindsey Graham’s phone number, Powell called it a “Celebrification of society,” adding that “Trump has no sense of shame.”
Additionally, in another email from Powell to Miller, the retired four-star general, who served under three Republican presidents, criticized Trump for embarking on a “racist” movement that believes President Obama was not born in the US.
“Yup, the whole birther movement was racist,” Powell wrote. “That’s what the 99% believe. When Trump couldn’t keep that up he said he also wanted to see if the certificate noted that he was a Muslim.”
Powell also issued a strong warning to the press. In an email sent to CNN anchor Fareed Zakaria, Powell wrote : “You guys are playing his game, you are his oxygen. He outraged us again today. But to go on and call him an idiot just emboldens him.”
According to BuzzFeed, the emails were leaked by the website DCLeaks.com — which has reported, but not confirmed, ties to Russian intelligence services.
When asked about the emails, Powell told BuzzFeed News: “I have no further comment. I’m not denying it.”
H/T: BuzzFeed News