The Sydney Morning Herald by Michael D. Shear Wed., Sept.14/16
Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who served as President George W. Bush’s top diplomat, derided Donald Trump as a “national disgrace” and an “international pariah” in personal email exchanges that were leaked online on Tuesday.
In the emails, reported by BuzzFeed News, Mr Powell also accuses Mr Trump, the Republican nominee for president, of having embraced what Mr Powell called a “racist” movement when he questioned the validity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
An aide to Mr Powell confirmed the hack and said, “They are his emails.”
“Yup, the whole birther movement was racist,” Mr Powell wrote in an email to a former aide, according to BuzzFeed. “That’s what the 99 per cent believe. When Trump couldn’t keep that up he said he also wanted to see if the certificate noted that he was a Muslim. As I have said before, ‘What if he was?’ Muslims are born as Americans everyday.”
In another email on August 21, Mr Powell scoffs at Mr Trump’s apparent effort to reach out to African Americans in recent weeks and says Mr Trump takes them “for idiots.”
“He is at 1 per cent black voters and will drop. He takes us for idiots,” Mr Powell writes. “He can never overcome what he tried to do to Obama with his search for the birth certificate hoping to force Obama out of the Presidency.”
He also blamed the media for the rise of Mr Trump.
“It is time to start ignoring him. You guys are playing his game, you are his oxygen,” he wrote to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in December 2015. “He outraged us again today with his comments on Paris no-go for police districts. I will watch and pick the timing, not respond to the latest outrage.”
So-called “no-go” zones are places in Europe allegedly so dominated by Muslims that police have given up trying to monitor them. There is little evidence that they actually exist.
Mr Powell suggested in another email that even critical coverage of Mr Trump didn’t really work: “To go on and call him an idiot just emboldens him.”
Mr Powell’s emails appeared online at a website called DCLeaks.com, according to BuzzFeed.