On “Meet the Press” today, former Secretary Of State Colin Powell condemned comments made by former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu as evidence of what he called “a dark vein of intolerance” in the Republican Party:
There’s also a dark– a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the Party. What I do mean by that? I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities. How can I evidence that? When I see a former governor say that the president is shuckin’ and jivin’, that’s a racial era slave term.
When I see another former governor after the president’s first debate where he didn’t do very well, says that the president was lazy. He didn’t say he was slow, he was tired, he didn’t do well, he said he was lazy. Now, it may not mean anything to most Americans but to those of us who are African-Americans, the second word is shiftless and then there’s a third word that goes along with it
Powell was referring to comments Sununu made on MSNBC following the first presidential debate. “What people saw last night, I think, was a president that revealed his incompetence, how lazy and detached he is,” he said.
Cross-posted on Miscellany Blue (with video)