Bushes on Charlottesville: 'America must always reject racial bigotry'

By Lea Wilson - Digital News Editor
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U.S. President George W. Bush and his father, former U.S. President George Bush wave as the leave a family wedding at St. John's Episcopal Church May 6, 2006 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

HOUSTON - Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush in a statement Wednesday expressed their compassion for Charlottesville, Virginia. after violent protests left one dead and more than a dozen others injured. The former presidents said in the joint statement that that they are “praying for Charlottesville.” 

The statement went on to condemn racism, stating that “we are created equal.”

The statement reads in full:

"America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism and hatred in all forms. As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded of the fundamental truths recorded by that city’s most prominent citizen 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 our country."

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