Former President George W. Bush leveled criticisms at Republicans for fueling the riots on Capitol Hill with lies about the 2020 presidential election.
“Laura and I are watching the scenes of mayhem unfolding at the seat of our Nation’s government in disbelief and dismay,” he wrote in a statement. “It’s a sickening and heartbreaking sight.”
The former president did not specifically call out President Donald Trump or individual Republicans but voiced his frustration about the cause of the riots.
“I am appalled by the reckless behavior of some political leaders since the election,” Bush said.
Bush described the riots as an “insurrection” in his statement and said the scenes of violence on Capitol Hill were those of a “banana republic.”
“The violent assault on the Capitol – and disruption of a Constitutionally-mandated meeting of Congress –