Per Face the Nation:
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Colin Powell tells @margbrennan that he would rename Army bases currently named after Confederate leaders.
“I would rename the bases,” he tells @margbrennan. Adds that he agrees with current JCOS Chair Mark Milley.
NEWS: Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Colin Powell tells @margbrennan that he would rename Army bases currently named after Confederate leaders.
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) July 19, 2020
Per the Hill, Powell said he did his training at Fort Benning in Georgia, named after a Confederate figure, and it never struck him to consider renaming the base or the others, but he said he supports Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley’s comments that the military should consider renaming the bases.
“I fully support what Gen. Milley is doing. I hope he doesn’t get any difficulty with it with the rest of the administration, but I think this is something we should do and we should do it as quickly as we can,” Powell added.
Last week Milley said young African American soldiers at Army bases named after Confederates “can be reminded that that general fought for an institution of slavery that may have enslaved one of their ancestors.”
Per TCO, during his interview with Chris Wallace, on the topic of his opposition to renaming bases with confederate names Trump snidely asked “We’re going to name it after the Reverend Al Sharpton? What are you going to name it, Chris?”
“So there’s a whole thing here. We won two World Wars” Trump continued ” two World Wars, beautiful World Wars that were vicious and horrible, and we won them out of Fort Bragg, we won out of all of these forts that now they want to throw those names away.”
TRUMP: What, should we rename Ft Bragg after Al Sharpton? pic.twitter.com/b1Ig9mtZTP
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 19, 2020
Early June, Appearing on CNN with Jake Tapper, former Secretary of State Colin Powell explained why he’s voting for Joe Biden.
“I’m very close to Joe Biden in a social matter and in a political matter,” Powell told Jake Tapper “I’ve worked with him for 35, 40 years. And he is now the candidate and I will be voting for him.”
Powell also attacked President Trump’s character and accused him of drifting away from the Constitution.
“We have a Constitution” Powell told Tapper “and we have to follow that Constitution and the President has drifted away from it.”
Colin Powell backed Hillary in the 2016 election.