Ex-presidents Bush and Bush ask Americans to reject racism

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2014, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush acknowledges the crowd at his presidential library before his son former President George W. Bush discusses his new book "41: A Portrait of My Father" in College Station, Texas. Former President George H.W. Bush, who has been admitted to a Houston hospital with pneumonia, has used a motorized scooter or a wheelchair in recent years because of vascular parkinsonism, a rare syndrome that mimics Parkinson’s disease. The condition is undergoing a reappraisal as some experts challenge conventional thinking about its causes. (Bob Daemmrich/Texas Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush are responding to racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying “America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism and hatred in all forms.”

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The statement from Kennebunkport, Maine, on Thursday came a day after President Donald Trump said there were “very fine people, on both sides,” of clashes that erupted during a gathering of white supremacists and white nationalists in Charlottesville.

The statement didn’t mention Trump, a fellow Republican.

The nation’s 41st and 43rd presidents borrowed words from the Declaration of Independence. The document, written by Virginian Thomas Jefferson, says all are “created equal” and endowed “with certain unalienable rights.”

The former presidents said they “know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country.”


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