- Jul 14, 2011
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- Native America
By Jillian Rayfield
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powells chief of staff during his time as secretary of state, decried John Sununus comment that Powell only endorsed Barack Obama because they are both black. To say that Colin Powell would endorse President Obama because of his skin color is like saying Mother Teresa worked for profit, Wilkerson told Ed Schultz.
Wilkerson said on The Ed Show that though he respects Sununu, a top Romney adviser and surrogate, I dont have any respect for the integrity of the position that he seemed to codify. Look at me, Ed, Im white. Im not black. Colin Powell picked me because of the content of my character and my competence.
He added that he thinks Sununus remark was an unfortunate slip of words, but that it speaks to larger problem in the Republican party.
My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people, not all of them, but most of them, who are still basing their decision on race, Wilkerson said. Let me just be candid: My party is 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 thats despicable.
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