PRESIDENT Donald Trump has mocked Colin Powell as a "stiff" moments after the longtime Republican revealed he'll vote for Joe Biden in the upcoming election.
Trump lashed out at the ex-military man moments on Sunday morning moments after Powell revealed in a CNN interview that he doesn't plan to support the president in November.
"Colin Powell, a real stiff who was very responsible for getting us into the disastrous Middle East Wars, just announced he will be voting for another stiff, Sleepy Joe Biden," Trump tweeted.
"Didn't Powell say that Iraq had "weapons of mass destruction?" They didn't, but we went off to WAR!"
Trump continued his attack on George W. Bush's "highly overrated" former secretary of state before listing his presidential accomplishments.
When asked by CNN journalist Jake Tapper whether he'd vote for Biden in the upcoming election, Powell said he would, adding that he is "very close" to Biden in "a social matter and political matter".
"I've worked with him for 35, 40 years and he is now the candidate, and I will be voting for him," the ex-military general said.
Powell joins a growing number of Republicans who won't support Trump's re-election, including George W. Bush and Utah Sen Mitt Romney.
The president's response to the protests against police brutality, coupled with his poor handling of the US coronavirus outbreak has pushed many in the GOP to break rank with the party, according to the New York Times.
On Saturday morning, Romney rebuked Trump's use of military force by invoking a quote from his father, former Michigan Gov George Romney, and sharing a photo of his dad marching alongside Civil Rights activists in Detroit during the late 1960s.
"Force alone will not eliminate riots," he said. We must eliminate the problems from which they stem," wrote Romney.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Bush criticized Trump's response to the protests and called for nationwide scrutiny in the the "tragic failures" wrought by racial in justice in the US.
The former president said he and his wife Laura have "resisted the urge to speak out" but were "anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd".
"It remains a shocking failure that many African Americans, especially young African American men, are harassed and threatened in their own country," Bush said, arguing that "the doctrine and habits of racial superiority, which once nearly split our country, still threaten our Union."
Trump has recently had bones to pick with both Bush and Romney.
Last month, he ripped Bush's calls to end partisanship and accused him of being "nowhere to be found" during his impeachment last December.
He bashed Romney during a press briefing in April and declared he "wasn't a fan" of the senator when he was pressed about not inviting him to join the White House coronavirus task force.
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