Former President George W. Bush condemned the chaos that roiled the Capitol on Wednesday as protesters breached the seat of Congress and broke into lawmakers’ offices.
Recounting how he and former first lady Laura Bush watched “the scenes of mayhem at the seat of our Nation’s government in disbelief and dismay,” Bush said, “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,” Bush continued. “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. Insurrection could do grave damage to our Nation and reputation.”
“In the United States of America, it is the fundamental responsibility of every patriotic citizen to support the rule