Former Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush called on Americans to reject “hatred in all forms,” in a joint statement.
The former presidents released the rare joint statement Wednesday in response to the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 16, 2017
“America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms,” the father and son said in the combined statement from each of their offices.
“As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded of the fundamental truths recorded by that city’s most prominent citizen in the Declaration of Independence: we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights,” they said, referring to Thomas Jefferson. “We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country.”
Pretty much what @POTUS has said.
— Janet Thompson (@jweber_janet) August 16, 2017
Denouncing all forms of hate, exactly as Trump did. Is the left going to lose its collective mind over this statement?
— Ramblin' Man, Ph.D. (@RamblinManNC) August 16, 2017
Though there was never a mention of President Trump, the statement came a day after Trump placed blame on “both sides” for the violent rally Saturday that left three dead, including Heather Heyer who was killed when a white nationalist allegedly drove his car into the crowd of protesters.
While Trump has come under fire for his remarks about the event, which critics complained did not specifically condemn the white supremacists at the “Unite The Right” rally, his comments have consistently denounced the violence and its perpetrators.
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2017
Liberals claiming George W. Bush's statement was better than Trump's are proving they never listened to Trump's.https://t.co/rP9cA3FITq
— Jones McFly (❤️) (@ScienceHoffman) August 16, 2017
But the liberal narrative will not likely acknowledge the similarities between Trump’s words and the statement from the former presidents.
Twitter users spoke up in response to the Bush statement, shining a spotlight on the obvious.
— Super Elite Space Force Pilot Cosmonaut ??? (@joyreaper) August 16, 2017
Pretty sure that's what Trump said too. ALL hate must end. Satan is loving the state of the USA right now. Wake up, both extremes=evil.
— Bonnie Bury (@bonniebury) August 16, 2017
Same basic message that @POTUS put out in his first comments of the catastrophe of Charlottesville!
— tim ahearn (@AhearnTim) August 16, 2017
That's what our current President also did. But no one hears him they just want to spin lies
— RC (@regicu7_rc) August 16, 2017