Political and Legislative

Former Presidents Blame ‘Poison Politics’ for the Violence at the U.S. Capitol

Former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton condemned the violence in the nation’s capital on Wednesday — and the president who fueled it.

Bush, the only living former Republican president, said he was “appalled” by the actions of some political leaders since the election and called the “mayhem” at the U.S. Capitol “a sickening and heartbreaking sight.”

“This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic — not our democratic republic,” the former president wrote in a statement released Wednesday evening. “I am appalled by the reckless behavior of some political leaders since the election and by the lack of respect shown today for our institutions, our traditions, and our law enforcement.”

Without mentioning President Trump or other leaders by name, Bush’s statement rebuked Trump’s behavior since losing the November election and his incitement of the violence currently gripping the American capital.

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