Every former U.S. president alive on Wednesday condemned the violence of mobs that raided Washington’s Capitol building, allowing lawmakers to flee safely and kill one woman.
A crowd of supporters of President Donald Trump opposed the ongoing certification at the Congress of Joe Biden’s presidential victory in November.
George W. Bush likened the situation to a “banana republic”, calling out fellow Republicans who made a “revolt”.
President Bush’s statement barely obscured Trump: “I am amazed by the reckless behavior of some political leaders since the election and the lack of respect for our institutions, traditions and law enforcement today.”
In a statement, Barack Obama accused Trump and Republicans of continuing to lie unfounded about the outcome of a legitimate election.
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Trump’s most recent predecessor called the incident “a moment of great disgrace and shame for our country.”
President Obama calls the events of the day that Trump and his supporters refused to accept last year’s election results as “results,” and “but we’ll joke ourselves if we treat it completely as a surprise.
Bill Clinton condemned the riot as “unprecedented assault” against the US Capitol and the United States itself.
In a statement from the Democratic Party’s former president, “Today we have an unprecedented attack on the Capitol, the Constitution, and our country.
“The match was ignited by Donald Trump and his most ardent helpers, including many in Congress to overturn the election results he lost.”
And 96-year-old Democrat Jimmy Carter, the oldest member of the club’s exclusive club, said he was “pained” by a Wednesday scene he calls “a national tragedy.”
In a statement, he said, “We are praying with our fellow citizens for a peaceful resolution so that our country can heal and complete the transfer of power, just like our country has been for more than two centuries.