Former President George W. Bush left no doubt about how he feels about what took place today at the Capitol. He issued a statement comparing it to something you would see in a “banana republic” and also labeled it an “insurrection.” In case there’s any doubt based on his statement below, the title given to this on his website was “Statement by President George W. Bush on Insurrection at the Capitol.”
Laura and I are watching the scenes of mayhem unfolding at the seat of our Nation’s government in disbelief and dismay. It is a sickening and heartbreaking sight. This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic – not our democratic republic. 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. The violent assault on the Capitol – and disruption of a Constitutionally-mandated meeting of Congress – was undertaken by people whose passions have been inflamed by falsehoods and false hopes. Insurrection could do grave damage to our Nation and reputation. In the United States of America, it is the fundamental responsibility of every patriotic citizen to support the rule of law. To those who are disappointed in the results of the election: Our country is more important than the politics of the moment. Let the officials elected by the people fulfill their duties and represent our voices in peace and safety. May God continue to bless the United States of America.
Bush wasn’t the only person using that word today. His brother Jeb used the same word, but didn’t leave President Trump out of his statement.