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O’Reilly Grills Colin Powell Over Suggestion of Racism in the GOP

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has been very critical of the GOP in recent years and last night appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s show Image colin-powell.jpgto defend his views. O’Reilly grilled Powell on why he continues to support Obama even though Powell’s a Republican, and why he thinks the GOP has a problem with minority voters. O’Reilly also confronted Powell over the accusation that he is just bitter because he feels betrayed for having been made to take the fall over the weapons of mass destruction fiasco.

Powell struck back at the initial charge that he was bitter at Republicans, telling O’Reilly that he was just going along with the intelligence that the administration was given during his presentation to the United Nations.

Regarding the economy, Powell said that although the economy is not perfect, it is better than it was, and Republicans haven’t offered economic plans which are any better than Obama’s. He also criticized the Republican party for not recognizing “fundamental demographic changes” happening in the country, suggesting that if they want to ever have any hope of  winning over  minorities, they cannot keep pushing for immigration and voter ID laws that adversely affect minority groups.

O’Reilly also took issue with Powell’s criticisms of  Romney surrogate John Sununu for calling Obama ‘lazy’ and Sarah Palin for her ‘shuck and jive comments’. Powell said he did not believe Sununu and Palin were racist, but that they did use racially charged language.

 

 


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  2. My question is: Why would a decorated man such as
    Gen. Colin Powell go on a show with the likes of
    a man like Bill O’ Reilly. When you know in advance
    what his agenda is going to be. The GOP top DNC
    chairman Mr. Ken Muhlmann stated an apology to the
    African American people at the NAACP annual meeting
    for their (GOP) infolvement in race baiting conduct
    throught out the south for decades. Google it I
    believe it George W. Bush last year in office. Now
    that’s there former Chairman telling the truth.

  3. General Powell is to be honored and respected as a courageous man both on the battlefield and in civilian life. He speaks truth to his fellow Republicans, possibly in the hope that he can open their eyes to reality. General Powell was deeply hurt by the untruths that the Bush people swore to him were true about weapons of mass destruction. He is an honorable man, and for him to have been made to stand before the world and tell a story that turned out to be false was devestating.

  4. Bill O’Reilly, himself, has shown racial insensitivity and ignorance. Does anyone remember the time that the Rev. Al Sharpton took O’Reilly to dinner at that famous Harlem restaurant? O’Reilly expressed great surprise that Black people were dining and chatting like the civilized people that they were. The reverend was trying to educate O’Reilly.

  5. The title of this article is grossly misleading. Clearly, O’Reilly did not “grill” GENERAL Powell. General Powell was quite effective in his delivery of how the Republicans commited voter fraud during the 2012 Presidential Election. Am I the only person who feels that this article is written with a significant bias/favor toward Republicans?

  6. Heads up, my brothes and sisters….kudos to Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and he WAS set up by the Bush Administration at the UN and yeah….Powell IS super mad about it….and rightly so. We all know Bill O’Reilly and his ilk and his racist venomist rants so no surprise there. Been there, done that, heard that. But wait a little while and you will be seeing o’reilly’s underdog surrogates: boyce, cornel and tavis, turning this around on President Obama: yeah…boyce, cornel and tavis will so issue emails and self-hating statements IN AGREEMENT with O’reilly as he is a voiciforous critic of President Obama, any chance they get, and these three “stupidteers” won’t lose any opportunity to publicly show their ignorance in their unrational and scizophenic jealous-tinged hate of President Obama. Just wait…boyce will come out with something stupid on his tired “blue-dog” website backed up by cornel and tavis “bringing up the rear”. Just watch…just like a junk yard dog who finds a little bone with a little meat on it…boyce, in his sick hate of President Obama but he is holding true to his republithug roots. boyce WILL NOT be able to resist this opening bone thrown him by his “massa”, bill o’reilly. Well, they are ALL in the rear of President Obama in intelligence, mandate, approach, confidence and competency…and boyce and cornel and tavis: they are in good company with o’reilly and his ilk…notice how boyce is panting to get back on foxy news when he pretended to be repulsed being on fox news with their wide-mouthed harrigan ann coulter…and poor cornel ranting about President Obama not being like Martin Luther King, Jr. and tavis is just out trying to find a way back into Tom Joyner’s good graces. Anyway Colin Powell put o’reilly in his place and we who really know the poor taste of boyce, cornel and tavis, the three “stupidteers” who come out in poor taste against President Obama, we know how to put boyce, cornel and tavis in their place. And as Rev. Al Sharpton would say….you tried to run the game past us, BUT WE GOT YOU!!!!

  7. We should face the truth, people like Bill O,Reily is a racist old European, just like his old European buddies in the GOP.European Racism is the worst no name for it, thing to happen on the planet, it is destroying every thing and everyone worse than a cancer.If I were as ugly as Bill O’reily I would be nice to compensate.

  8. In regards to Colin Powell”s comment. As he sees himself as Black American like the rest of us, it has came to his senses that the GOP is no more than racists. Whereas he calls them within actions on Meet The Press,”Vessels of Darkness” which was very well spoken and what I believe is the truth. I assume he is fed up with his own party defying President Obama for the good he’s trying to push for all Americans, not just for some,(The Top 2%). But I must say the President should call out the cruelty on how most of these states incarcerate Black Americans. Even though the little misdemeanors sends then to prison or send innocent Blacks to prisons from hearsays, false identities. He needs to get out onto the carpet and do something about this. Children becoming fatherless because maybe they done something small or big to be incarcerated, leaving the mother and child alone.

  9. MARVA LIGHTBOURNE

    these GOP IS grasping @ straws as to how to win the white house back IN 2016.!!!.. pretty boy, marco Rubio from miami here is ” struggling” to get in on ya’ll good side.. ( ain’t gonna happen, boy .. ).. they are gonna ” use” you to benefit thier one-sided agenda only, these old crackers don’t get a sheit about latino, then they don’t get a cat’s behind of blacks too..better wake up marco, don’t let them ” USE YOU !!..CHAIRWOMEN CONCERNED CITIZENS COMMITTEE, INC. LIBERTY CITY, MIAMI,FLA.

  10. Sumnu and Palin are RACIST period,I appreciate Clin Powell for not backing down,however i WOULD HAD REFERED TO Sarah Palin calling Hillary Clinton a Bitch and then she called President Obama a Sambo(remember the character in uncle tom’s cabin “SAMBO),not only that the fact that how and the hell can O’reillydefine who and who is not racist when he himself is.no white person should ever be able to define for a BLACK person who is racist and what racism is when they benefit from the system that allow’s it to exist.this is Ludacris and show’s that a people who would allow the people that oppressed them to define their reality to racism is psychotic…

  11. I AM A DIE HARD REPUBLICAN. I HAVE WORKED FOR THE GOVERNMENT FOR OVER 20 YEARS. I DON’T BELIEVE IN WELFARE, ABORTION, BIG GOVERNMENT, AND LORD PLEASE DON’T BRING UP ANYONE TAKING MY GUNS. WITH ALL THAT BEING SAID; I WOULD HAVE TO BE A BLIND FOOL WITH MY HEAD IN THE SAND NOT TO SEE THE RACISM IN THE GOP. AND YES COLIN SARAH AND JOHN ARE RACIST BUT SARAH IS ALSO AN UNEMPLOYED MEDIA WHORE AND THAT IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN BEING A RACIST.

  12. The economy just shrank, and we could be in danger of a double dip if things dont pick up, but wait, this must be Bush’s fault

  13. RACISM IS LIKE A LIGHT SWITCH! YOU TURN IT AND IT WORKS YOU KEEP USING IT!

  14. Not only are these chicken dung repukes racist they are also severely unintelligent and ignorance such as Trump, hannity, o'reilly and all the other lamebrains on Incredible Faux No News………
    O'Reilly how much money did your ex get from you….lololololol…….

  15. Reginald Duane Thurman

    Bill O'Reilly just want to argue with somebody. This is how these people make their money. From Bill O'Reilly to Rush Limbaugh to Don Imus. These guys like stirring up trouble when things get quiet.

  16. After reading the comments on YouTube below the interview, it is quite clear to me just how valid Powell's position and criticizim of the GOP is.

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