Former Secretary of State Colin Powell was the second high profile Republican party member to speak at the Democratic National Convention to endorse Joe Biden, who was officially nominated on Tuesday evening (August 18).
When he remembered his parents, who immigrated from Jamaica and raised him in New York's South Bronx, Powell, who served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, he crossed the party lines to support Biden, who allegedly stood up taking care of military families.
"Our country needs a commander in chief to look after our troops like our own family," said Powell, who is also a retired four-star general in the US Army. "Joe Biden doesn't have to take lessons. It comes from the experience he shares with millions of military families – sending his beloved son to war and praying to God that he gets home safely."
Powell, who also served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush and the National Security Advisor under President Ronald Reagan have criticized President Trump in the past. He told CNN in June that Trump deviated from the U.S. Constitution and joined reprimands from other military leaders.
Powell shot Trump, calling him a divider, and said Biden will restore the alliances America needs in the world to address major challenges like climate change and nuclear proliferation.
"Today we are a divided country and we have a president who does everything in his power to make it this way and to keep us that way," said Powell. "What a difference it will make to have a President who unites us, who restores our strength and soul."