Former President George W. Bush stated he was “disgusted” and “sick to his stomach” as he watched the Jan. 6 rebellion on the Capitol unfold.
Bush made the feedback in an interview with The Texas Tribune on Feb. 24 as a part of the SXSW 2021 pageant, which was streamed on-line on Thursday.
“I was sick to my stomach … to see our nation’s Capitol being stormed by hostile forces,” the previous president stated in the course of the interview. “And it really disturbed me to the point where I did put out a statement, and I’m still disturbed when I think about it.”
He continued: “It undermines rule of law and the ability to express yourself in peaceful ways in the public square. … This was an expression that was not peaceful.”
Members of that mob are still being identified and charged within the lethal rebellion, which started as a pro-Donald Trump mob stormed the Capitol constructing, angered by the previous president’s lie that the election was stolen from him. There isn’t any proof to again up such claims, and prime election officers have repeatedly declared the 2020 race because the most secure in American history.
During the SXSW interview, Bush was pressed on whether or not he, too, thought the election was stolen.
“No,” he replied. “What’s putting democracy at risk is the capacity to get on the internet to spread … all kinds of stuff. … But checks and balances work.”
He continued: “Look, politics has always been rough … And right now we’re at a period of time, though, when there’s a lot of anger in the system, which then causes people to worry about the future of our democracy. I think it’s going to eventually work its way out of the system.”
Bush was one of many first Republicans to congratulate now-President Joe Biden on his electoral victory in November. After the riot in January, he launched an announcement saying the assault, which left 5 folks lifeless, was “sickening” and blamed those that had helped unfold lies after the election for fanning the flames of rebellion.
“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,” he stated in January.
In the interview that aired Thursday, Bush expressed hope that the forces that helped compel the insurrectionists would start to decrease over time.
“History and the United States has shown these populist movements begin to fritter over time, and so I’m optimistic about democracy.”
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