Limbaugh Wants to Kick Colin Powell Out of the GOP
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On Monday, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said that he believed the Republican party is in â€œdeep trouble,â€ â€œgetting smaller,â€ and being led by polarizing figures like Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) and Rush Limbaugh. Powell said further that the party must realize that â€œAmericans do want to pay taxes for services.â€ Of Limbaugh specifically, Powell said, â€œI think what Rush does as an entertainer diminishes the party and intrudes or inserts into our public life a kind of nastiness that we would be better to do without.â€
Today on his radio show, Limbaugh responded by calling Powell â€œjust another liberal.â€ Limbaugh said Powell should â€œclose the loopâ€ and leave the Republican party instead of â€œclaimingâ€ to be interested in reforming it. Additionally, Limbaugh reiterated his previous claim that Powell endorsed Obama only because of his race:
LIMBAUGH: [Powell] is out there saying I am killing the republican party while he endorsed and voted for Obama. â€¦ Heâ€™s just mad at me because Iâ€™m the one person in the country who had the guts to explain his endorsement of Obama. It was purely and solely based on race! There can be no other explanation for it. What Colin Powell needs to do is close the loop and become a Democrat instead of claiming to be a Republican interested in reforming the Republican party.
Limbaugh concluded, â€œThe only reason to endorse Obama is race. I donâ€™t think Powell thought he could get away without with not endorsing Obama. â€¦ So I donâ€™t care.â€