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Some Republicans are bucking Trump

By SATimes Team

Washington: Republican Senator Mitt Romney has become one the few Republicans to publicly say “Black Lives Matter”.  On Sunday, wearing a mask he marched with the Evanglicals at a  protest along Pennsylvania Avenue in the Capital demanding justice for African-American George Floyd.

And former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has become the first Republican to endorse Democratic candidate Joe Biden for this year’s presidential election, while adding that incumbent President Donald Trump has drifted away from the Constitution.

Powell, a longtime Republican who served under President George W. Bush and also as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CNN on Sunday that the President has not been an “effective leader”. “Every American citizen has to sit down and think (it) through… Use your common sense. Say, ‘Is this good for my country?’”

A New York Times reports that even President George W Bush is not going to vote for Trump this November.  

And last week the Republican senator Lisa Murkowski admitted she was “struggling” with whether to support Trump’s re-election.

On June 3, General Mattis issued a statement to The Atlantic in which he criticized Trump and his policies. He berated the President for advocating military action to “dominate” the protests in the country.

Mattis wrote that Trump is “the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people” and that America is “witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership”.

This does not mean that voices of dissent from party leaders will translate to the Republican grassroots, where Trump retains overwhelming support. But some critics of the president believe his responses to both the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide anti-race protests leave him uniquely exposed.

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Powell to endorse Biden; calls Trump a liar

Washington: Ruing that President Donald Trump “lies all the time”, former Secretary of State Colin Powell became the first Republican to endorse Democratic candidate Joe Biden for the upcoming presidential election.

“I’m very close to Joe Biden on a social matter and on a political matter. I worked with him for 35, 40 years, and he is now the candidate and I will be voting for him,” Powell told CNN in an interview.

In response to the endorsement, Biden said in a tweet: “This isn’t about politics. This is about the future of our country. Grateful for your support, Secretary Powell.”

The former top diplomat slammed Trump calling him an ineffective leader, who has “drifted away” from the US Constitution and “lies about things”.

“We have a Constitution. And we have to follow that Constitution. And the President has drifted away from it,” Powell, a retired general, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”

“The situation has gotten worse,” Powell told CNN in an interview, adding: “Every American citizen has to sit down and think (it) through… Use your common sense. Say, ‘Is this good for my country?’

Powell had led the US military during the 1991 Gulf War in Iraq under Republican former President George HW Bush and later led the Department of State under President George W Bush.

In response to Powell’s interview, Trump took to Twitter recalling the role the former Secretary of State played in the narrative pushed by the George W Bush administration that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and that the US had to go to war with the Middle Eastern nation to ensure they were not used against Washington or its allies.

“Colin Powell, a real stiff who was very responsible for getting us into the disastrous Middle East Wars, just announced he will be voting for another stiff, Sleepy Joe Biden,” Trump tweeted.

“Didn’t Powell say that Iraq had ‘weapons of mass destruction?’ They didn’t, but off we went to WAR.”

The President also said that Powell, a four-star general, is “overrated”.

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