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  • Bush condemns the Capitol Hill riots as “reckless behaviour of some political leaders”
  • His feedback add to the Republican leaders’ rising criticism of Trump and his response to shedding to Biden
  • Obama additionally condemns riots, says they have been “incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election”

WASHINGTON: Former US president and Republican chief George W Bush mentioned early Thursday assaults such because the Capitol Hill riot happen in banana republics, not in democratic international locations, hours after Trump supporters vandalised the seat of the American authorities.

Condemning the Capitol Hill riot, George Bush mentioned he was appalled by the “reckless behaviour of some political leaders” for the reason that US Election 2020 — feedback that added to the Republican leaders’ rising criticism of Trump and his response to shedding to Democrat Joe Biden.

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The US’ former president underlined how some politicians acted irresponsibly to make the American establishments controversial after the US Election 2020, whereas fellow Republicans fuelled the protests.

“Laura and I are watching the scenes of mayhem unfolding at the seat of our Nation’s government in disbelief and dismay,” he added. “It is a sickening and heartbreaking sight. This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic — not our democratic republic.”

Bush mentioned the violent assault on the Capitol was undertaken by “people whose passions have been inflamed by falsehoods and false hopes. Insurrection could do grave damage to our nation and reputation”.

However, former president Barack Obama additionally condemned the Capitol Hill riot, saying it was “incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election” and terming it “a moment of great dishonour and shame” for america.

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“For two months now, a political party and its accompanying media ecosystem has too often been unwilling to tell their followers the truth — that this was not a particularly close election and that President-Elect Biden will be inaugurated on January 20,” Obama mentioned in a press release.

“Their fantasy narrative has spiralled further and further from reality, and it builds upon years of sown resentments. Now we’re seeing the consequences, whipped up into a violent crescendo.”

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