The Corner

Powell: ‘Certain Elements’ of GOP ‘Demonize People Who Don’t Look Like the Way They’d Like Them To’

With House Republicans signaling immigration reform is dead this year, Colin Powell pointed to prejudice within the party against minorities as a reason the legislation is held up. His comments on Thursday echoed previous ones he made calling the party intolerant.

“There are certain elements of the party who go out of their way to demonize people who don’t look like the way they’d like them to look like or came from some other place,” the former secretary of state told MSNBC. “I think the party has to deal with this.”

He supported passing immigration reform “as quickly as we can” because “we are fueled” by new waves of immigrants, and because it would benefit the Republican party politically.

Despite still identifying as a Republican, Powell has been critical of the party in recent years and endorsed President Obama. Last year, he said the Republican party had a “vein of intolerance” for minorities and women. During a speech in North Carolina, he accused the state’s Republican governor and legislature of “sort of punishing” minorities by implementing voter-ID laws.

Via Mediaite.

Most Popular


Our Bankrupt Elite

Every element of the college admissions scandal, a.k.a “Operation Varsity Blues,” is fascinating. There are the players: the Yale dad who, implicated in a securities-fraud case, tipped the feds off to the caper; a shady high-school counselor turned admissions consultant; the 36-year-old Harvard grad who ... Read More

Shibboleth Is a Fun Word

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Estimado Lector (y todos mis amigos a través del Atlántico), Greetings from Barcelona. And it is Bar•ce•lona, not Barth•e•lona. That ... Read More