Former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush: ‘America must reject racial bigotry’

FILE - In this April 25, 2013, file photo, Former President George H.W. Bush, left, applauds with Laura Bush after former President George W. Bush's speech during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. Former President George H.W. Bush is publicly criticizing for the first time key members of his son's administration. A biography of the nation's 41st president to be published in November, 2015, contains his sharply critical assessments of former Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush say in a joint statement that “America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism and hatred in all forms.”

Their comments come a day after President Donald Trump gave weight to the complaints of white nationalists by declaring at a press conference that counterprotesters shared the blame for violence that erupted last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Bushes, both Republicans, say that as they pray for Charlottesville, they’re reminded of “that city’s most prominent citizen in the Declaration of Independence: We are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights.”

They’re referring to Thomas Jefferson.

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