Former presidents Bush condemn Charlottesville attack in joint statement

Kristopher Drake
August 17, 2017

Two former USA presidents have issued a strong statement condemning the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia - one day after President Donald Trump failed to do so.

The Bushes said: "America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms".

Former US presidents George H W Bush (L) and George W Bush said in a joint statement: "America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms".

In offering prayers for the Virginia city, the politicians invoked its most "prominent citizen", Thomas Jefferson, quoting his words in the Declaration of Independence: "We are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights". "We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of this country".

Mr Trump vacillated on the issue, initially blaming the casualties on "violence on both sides". He also said there were "very fine people" among the alt-right protestors.

The Kentucky republican's condemnation comes amid reports an event similar to the white supremacist demonstration in Virginia is being planned in his home state to protest the removal of a pair of Confederate statues from the lawn of the former Fayette County Courthouse.

They did not mention President Trump by name, but the statement comes days into the current president's struggles to address the clashes between racist protesters and counter-protesters, and the auto attack that left one woman dead.

"It's bad. This is awful", he said during an appearance on NBC's Today.

He continued on to say there is no "moral equivalency" between the hate groups "and anybody else". Trump said. "You had a group on one side that was bad".

Mr Kaisch was one of Mr Trump's rivals for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election.

Clinton tweeted first, writing, "Even as we protect free speech and assembly, we must condemn hatred, violence and white supremacy".

The statement comes on the heels of the largest white nationalist gathering in the U.S. in decades.

President Donald Trump has spoken repeatedly about Charlottesville, and some of his comments have prompted widespread criticism. He was released from active duty four months later, however, for what the army described only as "a failure to meet training standards".

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