Colin Powell Stomps a Mud Hole In Sean Hannity and Walks it Dry
HANNITY: Thatâ€™s when you made the endorsement. You said because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, reaching out across America. The president himself has now said the Republican plan for this country is for dirty air and dirty water. You are still a Republican, right? That Republicans want kids with autism and Downâ€™s syndrome, the elderly to fend for themselves. We have the Democratic ads, Paul Ryan look-alikes throwing granny over the cliff. Does that sound inclusive? Seriously, because I find him one of the most divisive figures that Iâ€™ve witnessed in politics today.
POWELL: Well, thatâ€™s a term thatâ€™s being used rather freely. I donâ€™t think itâ€™s that divisive of an issue. I think we have right now, we have dueling points of view strongly held by both sides. And the president is starting to go to the mattresses, just as the Republicans are going to go to the mattresses to try to win the election.
What could have been more divisive than when President Obama was inaugurated for a number of Republicans, friends of mine and a number of commentators to say, we are going to destroy him. We are going to destroy him.
HANNITY: Who said that?
POWELL: A lot of people saying, I can get you a list, but I donâ€™t want to just take it off â€“
HANNITY: I was one of the harshest critics. I wasnâ€™t out to destroy him.
POWELL: I donâ€™t ever remember you saying it.
HANNITY: Well, I was critical about Bill Ayers and Reverend Wright.
POWELL: I donâ€™t know Bill Ayers from the man in the moon. Bill Ayers and Reverend Wright are just passing things through his life.
HANNITY: Twenty years in his church? Twenty years?
POWELL: Well, so?
HANNITY: Unrepentant terrorist giving speeches, starting your political career in his house, that didnâ€™t impress you at all?
POWELL: At the time it was a guy who is living in Chicago and happened to have a friend by the name of Bill Ayers. But I donâ€™t see Bill Ayers as having that kind of long-standing terrorist influence on the President. I mean, it is ancient history now. Why are we fooling with this?
HANNITY: Well, I donâ€™t think itâ€™s the issue. I think the economy and the presidentâ€™s record â€” I couldnâ€™t see you and Reverend Wrightâ€™s church for 20 years.
POWELL: I wasnâ€™t in Reverend Wright â€” I didnâ€™t know anything about Reverend Wright or his church.
HANNITY: I know but thatâ€™s my point.
POWELL: This thing explodes and it becomes a big â€” everybody tries to make it the defining issue of the 2008 campaign. And guess what, the American people heard it, they heard all the attacks, they heard all the things that were said about the Reverend Wright issue, then-Senator Obama gave a speech on it and the American people took it in stride and they elected him president.
HANNITY: Yes, they didnâ€™t listen to me, thatâ€™s the power and influence I have.