Washington- Former Republican President of the United States George W. Bush said that the images of the assault on Congress in Washington are “disgusting” and typical of “a banana republic”, while he accused Donald Trump, without naming him directly, of ” inflame “with” falsehoods and false hopes “his supporters.
Bush, the last Republican president to occupy the White House until Trump’s arrival in 2017, said in a statement that he contemplated with “disbelief and dismay” the “scenes of chaos” caused by the assault on Congress by thousands of Trump supporters. .
“This is how the electoral results are contested in a banana republic, not in our democratic republic,” Bush said in his statement on the violent assault on the Capitol.RELATED
“I am appalled by the reckless behavior of some political leaders since the election and by the lack of respect shown today to our institutions, traditions and our security forces. The violent assault on the Capitol, and the interruption of the constitutionally mandated sessions of Congress, was carried out by people whose passions have been inflamed by falsehoods and false hopes, “added the former president.
Statement by President George W. Bush on Insurrection at the Capitol pic.twitter.com/rF77j0fIBK
– George W. Bush Presidential Center (@TheBushCenter) January 6, 2021
Before the assault on the Capitol, Trump had addressed his supporters gathered in Washington on the occasion of the certification of the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the elections, and had harangued them with his baseless accusations that he had been the victim of electoral fraud.
Bush ended up addressing Trump supporters directly, indicating that “our country is more important than the politics of the moment” and requested that “officials elected by the people be allowed to fulfill their duties and represent our voices in peace and security.” .
Thousands of Trump supporters, who participated today in Washington in a demonstration in his favor, surrounded the Capitol after being harangued by the outgoing president, where senators and congressmen were gathered to officialize Biden’s electoral victory, and stormed the building, breaking windows and access doors.
At least one person died in the assault after being shot in the chest, authorities reported.
Despite the fact that local authorities have ordered a curfew in Washington, some protesters still remain in the vicinity of the Capitol, which is being protected by police officers and federal security forces.