The Republican presidential candidate took to his medium of choice, Twitter, to respond to a leaked email that had Powell calling him a “national disgrace” and an “international pariah.”
“I was never a fan of Colin Powell after his weak understanding of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq = disaster. We can do much better!” he wrote.
Meanwhile, Clinton said during a phone interview on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, that she related to Powell’s email scandal but wouldn’t comment on the remarks he made about her.
“I have a great deal of respect for Colin Powell, and I have a lot of sympathy for anyone whose emails become public,” she said.
She continued, “I’m not going to start discussing someone else’s private emails because I’ve already spent a lot of time talking about my own.”
Among the 30,000 emails reportedly obtained by the website DCLeaks.com is an August 2015 message cited by CNN where Powell dinged Clinton by writing, “Everything HRC touches she kind of screws up with hubris.”
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He also dissed the Democratic presidential candidate by referring to her as older than she actually is.
“A 70-year person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still d–kng bimbos at home,” a leaked email read, according to the New York Post. Clinton is 68.
Powell also placed responsibility on Clinton for the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
In an email to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Buzzfeed reports Powell called Benghazi a “stupid witch hunt.”
“Basic fault falls on a courageous ambassador who [thought] Libyans now love me and I am ok in this very vulnerable place,” he allegedly wrote in the December 2015 email, referring to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, one of four Americans killed in the incident.
He reportedly continued, “But blame also rests on his leaders and supports back here. Pat Kennedy, Intel community, DS and yes HRC.”