This hits hard.
BREAKING Former Secretary of State Colin Powell dies from COVID complications.— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) October 18, 2021
His family said he was fully vaccinated against the disease: @RebeccaShabad, @NBCNews #ColinPowellhttps://t.co/p5vgf3ij5l https://t.co/47bE85B4zS pic.twitter.com/5zNmnnbKCy
General Colin Powell understood what was best in this country, and tried to bring his own life, career, and public statements in line with that ideal. Michelle and I will always look to him as an example of what America—and Americans—can and should be. pic.twitter.com/vSxTbUE5aR— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 18, 2021
.@VP Harris releases a statement on the passing of Gen. Colin Powell, reflecting on the last time she saw him:— Eugene Daniels (@EugeneDaniels2) October 18, 2021
"I was reminded then how he always showed the world the best of who we are. He upheld the highest standards, representing our nation with dignity, grace, & strength." pic.twitter.com/3G8y0bYxfm
Rip #ColinPowell— RISQUE21 (@risque21) October 18, 2021
“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters.” pic.twitter.com/ffFvTVGcxU
You don't get to the heights #ColinPowell reached as a Black man in this country without enduring a lot. In the encounters I've had with him General Powell was raw, real honest and just plain kind. No pretention about him. During my time at the @ChicagoFEB we honored him. He— Ameshia Cross (@AmeshiaCross) October 18, 2021
RIP General Colin Powell!😥— 🏀🏆Coach Butler (@s_butler2015) October 18, 2021
FOUR Star GENERAL
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Former US Secretary of State
Though my political views may differ from his, I always admired the MAN & His Distinguished Accomplishments!💯
Farewell Soldier…#Salute#ColinPowell 😔 pic.twitter.com/TFPeQOI9gf
Will never forget this
Powell was appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the senior ranking member of the U.S. armed forces and top military adviser to the president.— ABC News (@ABC) October 18, 2021
He was the first African-American ever to hold the post and the first to be secretary of state. https://t.co/9I2lNlaGHc
JUST IN: Former Pres. George W. Bush on passing of Colin Powell: "He was a great public servant, starting with his time as a soldier during Vietnam…He was such a favorite of Presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom – twice." https://t.co/5EvF350oCu pic.twitter.com/Z5CaE5vdFG— ABC News (@ABC) October 18, 2021
Obituary: Colin Powell, from humble background to first African-American US secretary of state https://t.co/KZ3ayP32s7— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) October 18, 2021
Colin Powell, a four-star general and first Black secretary of state, has died at 84 of Covid-19 complications, his family said on Facebook https://t.co/AL1dMlw72E— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) October 18, 2021
Colin Powell throughout the years: https://t.co/QumhPjvGM7— ABC News (@ABC) October 18, 2021
The former Secretary of State has died from COVID complications. He was 84 years old. https://t.co/HsMNtlhPBu pic.twitter.com/Y3iDIX74k4
Colin Powell, who was the first Black national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state in U.S. history, died at 84 of Covid-19. He was fully vaccinated, his family said.https://t.co/XjF4aptWrT pic.twitter.com/FWSkeiSbUk— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 18, 2021
If media runs with fully vaxxed Powell died of Covid and allows 'see, vaccines don’t work!' without reporting he had multiple myeloma and a compromised immune system and so ability to develop antibodies was a concern, then they are doing dangerously compromised work themselves.— Guy Gavriel Kay (@guygavrielkay) October 18, 2021
“Today is a day to really reflect on the life of the man and his extraordinary service and not to politicize the efficacy of vaccines.”— The Recount (@therecount) October 18, 2021
— @VP Harris responding to a question about the connection between Sec. Powell’s death, his cancer diagnosis, and COVID vaccination status. pic.twitter.com/0aJzxOZmyo
Stunned and sad to hear that Colin Powell has died. pic.twitter.com/deh91W0Jsl— Pete Souza (@PeteSouza) October 18, 2021
The transition of Gen. Colin Powell allows us to take stock of him, his life of service, & Black Conservatism. He was a Republican until Trump & twice notably endorsed Obama, then Clinton, & Biden. He left the Party because no party loyalty trumped his love of self & Blackfolks. pic.twitter.com/qRjoVPkGno— Skeptical Brotha 💛🐝🌈 (@skepticalbrotha) October 19, 2021
May he Rest In Peace.
Randi White (@RandiWhite) tweeted at 7:10 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
Powell is quite literally the only Republican I had respect for and remaining for.
DEFINITELY the only Black Republican with respect for himself and his people.
I’ve watched him since I was a child.
This is rough.
Lindy Li (@lindyli) tweeted at 3:40 PM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
84-yr-old Colin Powell had multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that makes vaccines ineffective. His immune system was shot
So of course anti-vaxxers conveniently omit this fact and the media buries it for clicks
In fact he probably got Covid from some jerk who wouldn’t mask or vax
Terry Watkins Jr. 💛💜⚖️ (@TerryWatkinsJr1) tweeted at 8:40 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
Colin Powell was fully vaccinated
but was diagnosed with multiple myeloma: a blood/bone marrow cancer that destroys your bodies ability to fight infections.
Take the vaccine so immunocompromised who can’t bare the diseases effects don’t die.
Another good tribute:
I am looking for the clip about Corporal Khan. I cry everytime that I see that clip.
Found at another blog:
Sam from Delacroix, LA (@Kennymack1971) tweeted at 7:16 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
Yeah….I’m not going to be in any mood to debate Colin Powell’s legacy. I get Iraq and all that but I respected the General. A good man who carried himself with the respect and dignity that today’s Republicans wish they had. I didn’t have to agree with everything he did. RIP.
Kenny BooYah! 🖖🏾 (@KwikWarren) tweeted at 7:16 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
I don’t need anybody saying anything negative about General Colin Powell today. This military veteran proudly salutes his service and sacrifice. May he Rest In Peace. https://t.co/OFKnslTVJP
Chanteezy 💛♉️ (@iamchanteezy) tweeted at 7:52 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
I may not always agreed with Colin Powell on his political stances. However, he was a man with dignity and class. I pray for his family. May he Rest In Peace. #RIPColinPowell
🌈MercuryIsInRetroGayFruitkace (@FruitKace) tweeted at 7:23 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
RIP General Colin Powell. 💔 Breakthrough cases are real (although deaths from breakthrough are very low) & that’s why I’m still very cautious as to not bring it home to my fully vaccinated mom/fam. Stay safe y’all & keep one another safe.
Sugar N Grits (@ArrogantNBlack) tweeted at 7:17 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
Colin Powell was fully vaccinated. Don’t let ya unvaccinated cousins come around mama nem.
Molly (@mememoreme) tweeted at 8:45 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
This is why getting vaccinated to protect the immunocompromised is huge F’ing deal. I have a sister with MS who got a booster and is still careful as hell.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III (@SecDef) tweeted at 8:47 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
It will be impossible to replace Gen. Colin Powell. He was a tremendous personal friend and mentor to me, and there’s a hole in my heart right now as I think about his loss. My thoughts and prayers today are with his family, and I want them to know I will miss him dearly. https://t.co/pX24KQMMBc
Candidly Tiff: Learn Civics 📚📖 (@tify330) tweeted at 8:47 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
If you have family or friends who are immunocompromised or have underlying medical conditions please remind them to get a booster shot if they are eligible.
I got my booster + flu shot yesterday at CVS, made an appt online Saturday night and got it done yesterday. So easy! https://t.co/bu1qGFJoSb
Kevin Baron (@DefenseBaron) tweeted at 8:01 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
Fox hosts already using Colin Powell’s death to question governments’ vaccine mandates. Say fully vaccinated deaths mean we need more “truth”… implying and perpetuating a massive conspiracy theory, basically.
Tim Requarth (@timrequarth) tweeted at 8:31 AM on Mon, Oct 18, 2021:
Yes, Colin Powell was vaccinated. But he also had blood cancer, which devastates the immune system.
What his tragic death illustrates isn’t the futility of vaccines but the importance of everyone else getting vaccinated to protect society’s most vulnerable.