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Powell: I Stay Republican ‘Because It Annoys Them’

Remember Colin Powell? The Republican Secretary of State who played a major role in the Iraq War? With an upcoming election, he has made various appearances in the media to comment on the current political climate.

Speaking at an event recently, he made it clear that he stays a Republican in order to annoy his party.

“Yes, I’m still a Republican,” he said. “I want to continue to be a Republican because it annoys them,”

“I think the party has shifted much further right than where the country is and it should be obvious to party leaders that they cannot keep saying and doing the things that they were doing and hope to be successful in national-level election in the future, not just in 2016,” he added.

Powell critiqued the current agenda of candidates like Donald Trump who are too hard on immigration, something he suggests is necessary for the survival of the United States.

“I think most Republicans understand that we need immigration, we are an immigrant nation [and that] it is in our best interest to do it,” he said.

“But there are pockets of intolerance within the Republican Party [and] the Republican Party had better figure out how to defeat that.”

The Hill reports:

Powell also disputed the notion that GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump represents the Republican message on immigration policy.

“I don’t agree that it’s the Republican position on immigration,” he said of Trump’s stance.

“If I was around Mr. Trump — Donald, who I know rather well — I would say, ‘You know, Don, let’s see what happens — let’s tell all the immigrants working in Trump hotels to stay home tomorrow,” Powell said. “Let’s see what happens.”

Powell urged listeners to look at their fellow Americans and take pride in the immigrant backgrounds they might find.

“There are first-generation American immigrants who will raise children who will go up to higher things,” he said.

“It’s that immigrant tradition — get started and the next generation will be better and the generation after that will be even better.”

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