The statement of former US President Donald Trump about the former US Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin Powell, who died Monday, sparked widespread reactions on social media, and a CNN correspondent considered that the former president lacked “courage.” .
“It ‘s great to see Colin Powell, who made big mistakes in Iraq, known as weapons of mass destruction, so beautifully treated to his death by the fake media, “ Trump said in his statement. “He was always the first to attack other Republicans,” he added. “He erred a lot, but in any case, may God have mercy on him.”
For his part, Chris Celisa said on CNN’s website that Trump “has proven once again that he is utterly incapable of empathy, civility, or even decency,” and he saw that the recent “regression” of a former president “is not surprising.”
She added that the statement reminds us that he is “a very self-obsessed man, with no ability to see but himself.”
News of the death of the former warrior and diplomat topped the attention of major American newspapers, and senior current and former leaders rushed to offer condolences, led by the former presidents.
In its report, CNN pointed to a “wide gap” between Trump’s statement and these presidents.
Powell, a former Republican, has been a vocal critic of Trump, and the latter has repeatedly criticized him as a “national disgrace” and an “international pariah” after he declared his support for his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 presidential race.
In the last presidential race, Powell announced his support for the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, and the retired general gave a speech at the party convention in support of him.
Powell, who had declared in 1995 that he was a Republican, left his party in 2008, declaring his support for the then Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama.
After the events of the storming of the Capitol building on the sixth of last January, he announced to CNN that he no longer considered himself a member of the Republican Party.
In an interview with the famous American journalist, Bob Woodward, last July, he said that Trump “did not succeed” in his re-election, but his supporters “follow what he says,” and described the events of the storming of the Capitol Building on the sixth of last January as “horrific.”
CNN said in its analysis that Trump “saw Powell’s death as an opportunity to respond and took advantage of it,” and that his statement “believed” previous statements about his “love of the military.”
Although the issue of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq “tarnished his legacy”, he “dedicated the majority of his life to serving his country”, according to “CNN”.
CNN considered that some Trump supporters’ praise for “Trump’s hunt for a dead man” may be the most “poisonous” aspect of his legacy.
Although the former president’s statements were widely condemned on social media, others used these media to express their support for him.
Among them is former presidential candidate Joe Walsh, who has called on Republicans to declare their solidarity with Trump:
Another Trump supporter retweeted the tweet, stating that Trump will be the presidential candidate in 2024