Former presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton denounce violence at U.S. Capitol

Former presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton denounce violence at U.S. Capitol
Former President Barack Obama seen in a file photo taken on July 30, 2020. (Source: Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hours after a violent mob of pro-Trump protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a demonstration against the validation of Electoral College votes, three of the living former presidents of the United States issued statements denouncing those acts of ‘insurrection.’

“History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation,” wrote former president Barack Obama. “But we’d be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise.”

The 44th president wrote that Republican leaders had a choice to make: “They can continue down this road keep stoking the raging fires. Or they can choose reality and take the first steps toward extinguishing the flames.

“They can choose America,” President Obama added.

In a separate statement, former president George W. Bush called the attack on the U.S. Capitol an ‘insurrection’ ― as did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, hours later, when the Senate returned to its chamber to continue the validation process.

“This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic - not our democratic republic,” President Bush said. “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.

“To those who are disappointed in the results of the election: Our country is more important than the politics of the moment,” he continued.

President Bill Clinton called the attack ‘an unprecedented assault on our Capitol, our Constitution, and our country.’

“The assault was fueled by more than four years of poison politics spreading deliberate misinformation, sowing distrust in our system, and pitting Americans against one another,” said President Clinton.

This story will be updated.

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