Donald Trump has angrily branded ex-US secretary of state Colin Powell “pathetic” and “a real stiff” and criticised his record on the Iraq War after he said he “cannot in any way support” the president’s re-election in November and indicated he would be voting for Democratic challenger Joe Biden instead.

Both 43rd president George W Bush and 2012 candidate Mitt Romney have likewise declined to support Trump this year, with the latter becoming the first Republican senator to join a George Floyd protest march over the weekend.

Meanwhile, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has revealed that 80 per cent of Americans currently believe the country is “out of control” under the current administration following the coronavirus shutdown, economic collapse and now the civil unrest seen in every major city.

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Romney becomes first Republican senator to join George Floyd protest
 

Since breaking ranks to vote for Trump’s impeachment in February, the Utah senator appears to have awoken his independence streak and is loving life.
 

Over the weekend he joined a Black Lives Matter march in DC and tweeted a selfie:
 

“We need a voice against racism, we need many voices against racism and against brutality,” he told NBC.

On Saturday, he had tweeted a photo of his father George, who was governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969, marching with civil rights protesters in a Detroit suburb in the 1960s.
 

Above the photo, Mitt Romney wrote: “This is my father, George Romney, participating in a Civil Rights march in the Detroit suburbs during the late 1960s – ‘Force alone will not eliminate riots,’ he said. ‘We must eliminate the problems from which they stem’.”
 

While fellow senator Elizabeth Warren has also been on the march – taking along her husband and dog Bailey – and Republican congressman Will Hurd appeared at a gathering in Texas, Romney’s gesture remains highly significant and an example it is to be hoped others in the GOP will follow.


George W Bush and Mitt Romney also decline to back president

Powell isn’t the only prominent Republican refusing to endorse the idea of four more years of Donald Trump’s chaotic reign: the 43rd president and the 2012 GOP candidate have seen enough too.
 


Trump rages at ‘real stiff’ Colin Powell over election snub

Donald Trump has angrily branded ex-US secretary of state Colin Powell “pathetic”, “highly overrated” and “a real stiff” and criticised his record on the Iraq War after he said he “cannot in any way support” the president’s re-election in November and indicated he would be voting for Democratic challenger Joe Biden instead.

Powell made the announcement in an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday…

…provoking a torrent of Twitter fury and aggrieved name-calling from the notoriously thin-skinned president.

Trump appeared to acknowledge his loss of standing in the polls on social media yesterday, as he griped about the investigations into his ties to Russia and blustered about his economic record, claiming he would be “up by 25 points” on Biden if he had not been beset by obstacles.

Here’s Oliver O’Connell’s report on a major no-confidence gesture from a prominent black Republican.
 


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