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2016 Man of the Year: Colin Powell

Colin Powell
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• December 30, 2016 3:00 pm

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In a year marked by telling it like it is, one man stands above them all.

Almost a year before Donald Trump started down that escalator embarking on a crusade to shatter political correctness, there was another brave soul willing to tell it like it is: Colin Powell, who was expressing his thoughts about Hillary Clinton with candor.

"I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect," Powell wrote to Democratic donor Jeffrey Leeds on July 26, 2014. "A 70-year-old person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still dicking bimbos at home (according to the NYP)."

While the media and Clinton's acolytes clamor on about "fake news," James Comey, and the Russians to explain Clinton's defeat, they could have just listened to their friend, Colin. In one email he perfectly articulated Clinton's flaws, all of which added up to a reasonable explanation for her election loss.

The fact-checkers failed to do due diligence on Powell's remarks. "Long track record" of scandals and baggage? Check. "Unbridled ambition"? Check. "Greedy"? Check. "Not transformational"? Check. "A husband still dicking bimbos"? Check. Check. Check.

Powell wasn't finished with his truth telling, either. In another hacked email we learned "everything HRC touches she kind of screws up with hubris." He also chimed in about Clinton's health.

Democratic donor Jeffrey Leeds was worried about Clinton's stamina, telling Powell that she "could barely climb the podium steps" at political events.

"On HD TV she doesn’t look good. She’s working herself to death," Powell said.

While Trump is getting credit for striking a big blow to political correctness this election season, Powell should not be forgotten. And he won't be by the Washington Free Beacon, who is honored to have him as a Man of the Year.

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