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Former Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton and Carter released statements on the Capitol riots. Here’s what they said.

‘It is a sickening and heartbreaking sight,’ former President Bush stated.

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Former President George W. Bush speaks as former President Bill Clinton listens in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010.


After a violent group of pro-Trump rioters ransacked the Capitol building on Wednesday, all four living former Presidents of the United States released statements decrying the attacks and admonishing a more honest and united future.

Here is what each former president said:

Barack Obama

“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. But we’d be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise.

“For two months now, a political party and its accompanying media ecosystem has too often been unwilling to tell their followers the truth — that this was not a particularly close election and that President-Elect Biden will be inaugurated on January 20.”

Full statement:

George W. Bush

“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.”

Full statement:

Bill Clinton

“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.

“The match was lit by Donald Trump and his most ardent enablers, including many in Congress, to overturn the results of an election he lost. The election was free, the count was fair, the result was final. We must complete the peaceful transfer of power our Constitution mandates.”

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Jimmy Carter

“This is a national tragedy and is not who we are as a nation. Having observed elections in troubled democracies worldwide, I know that we the people can unite to walk back from this precipice to peacefully uphold the laws of our nation, and we must.”

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