WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Former Secretary of State Colin Powell commented that the Republican Party still has a “dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party.”
The comments were made on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“What do I mean by that?” he explained. “What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities.”
Powell provided an example saying, “When I see a former governor say the president is ‘shuckin and jivin’ – that’s a racial era, slave term.”
The comments referenced By Powell are that of former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who in an October Facebook post wrote, “Obama’s Shuck and Jive Ends With Benghazi Lies.”
Palin also used the phrase in the text of the post, which concludes, “President Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end.” The phrase “shuck and jive” appeared in the last presidential election cycle too, when then-New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said, “You can’t shuck and jive at a press conference. All those moves you can make with the press don’t work when you’re in someone’s living room.”
At the time, current New York Gov. Cuomo was supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton in her primary race against Barack Obama and others.
Powell added that Republicans had become too preoccupied with the candidate-selection process, losing sight of the group’s overall message.
“You’ve got to think first about what’s the party actually going to represent,” Powell told host David Gregory. “If it’s just going to represent the far right wing of the political spectrum, I think the party is in difficulty. I’m a moderate, but I’m still a Republican.”
Powell was the first African-American to be secretary of state, serving under President George W. Bush from 2001-05. Despite maintaining his allegiance to the GOP, Powell has been an ardent supporter for President Barack Obama, giving him a 2008 vote and a public endorsement in the 2012 election.