Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who is still a Republican, offered some harsh criticism of the GOP, saying there is "a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party."
"What do I mean by that?" Powell said on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday. "What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities."
He pointed out an example in how former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin criticized Obama's response to the attacks in Libya. "When I see a former governor say that the president is 'shuckin' and jivin'.' That's a racial-era slave term," Powell said.
Powell also objected to how New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu called Obama "lazy" after the first debate during the campaign. "He didn't say he was slow, he was tired, he didn't do well. He said he was 'lazy.' Now, it may not mean anything to most Americans, but to those of us who are African Americans, the second word is 'shiftless,' and then there's a third word that goes along with it."
Powell also criticized his party for not doing more to shut down the birther movement. "The whole birther movement: Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party? I think the party has to take a look at itself," Powell said.
Via Politico and NBC's Meet the Press