Newly released emails reportedly hacked from former Secretary of State Colin Powell's account show him calling Donald Trump a quote "national disgrace" and "international pariah." He also reportedly criticizes Hillary Clinton's camp for trying to drag him into her email scandal.(Reuters)
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In new emails leaked by a hacker, former secretary of state Colin L. Powell offers unvarnished and highly negative opinions about both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
He calls Trump "a national disgrace and an international pariah" who led a "racist" birther movement. And he says that he resented Clinton's dragging him into her email problems and that "everything [she] touches she kind of screws up with hubris."
The emails were first reported by BuzzFeed and the Intercept after being posted under password protection on DCLeaks.com, a site with ties to other recent hacks of U.S. political figures and groups. A Powell spokeswoman confirmed to The Washington Post that the emails are Powell's.
"We have confirmed that the general has been hacked and that these are his emails," spokeswoman Peggy Cifrino said. "We have no other comment at this time."
The Washington Post has also accessed the emails. While they are still being combed through, here are the highlights of what we've seen:
On Trump and the 'racist' birthers
Of the birther movement, which Trump led earlier this decade by publicly questioning whether President Obama was born in the United States, Powell said its underpinnings were clear.
“Yup, the whole birther movement was racist,” Powell wrote to journalist and former aide Emily Miller on Aug. 21. "That’s what the 99% believe. When Trump couldn’t keep that up he said he also wanted to see if the certificate noted that he was a Muslim.”
Powell added: "As I have said before, ‘What if he was?’ Muslims are born as Americans every day."
Powell added in August 2015, according to the Intercept: Trump "appeals to the worst angels of the GOP nature and poor white folks."
Trump takes black people 'for idiots'
In another email to Miller on Aug. 21, Powell scoffs at Trump's apparent effort to reach out to African Americans in recent weeks and says Trump takes them "for idiots."
"He is at 1% black voters and will drop. He takes us for idiots," 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."
Blaming the media for the rise of 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. "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."