Former Presidents H.W. and W. Bush denounce racism in wake of Charlottesville

Former Presidents H.W. and W. Bush denounce racism in wake of Charlottesville
Former Presidents H.W. and W. Bush denounce racism in wake of Charlottesville

But the statement, coming one day after President Donald was widely criticized for appearing to draw a moral equivalency between white supremacists and those protesting against them, did not directly address the President's response.

"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," they said in a joint written statement on Wednesday. "We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country."

While Wednesday's statement does not specifically mention or the impromptu remarks he made during a jaw-dropping news conference Tuesday, its release does suggest that the former presidents felt the need to distinguish their own views from those expressed by the Republican currently occupying the Oval Office.

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite," the tweet said.

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George W. Bush -- the brother of 's Republican primary opponent Jeb Bush -- never truly warmed up to during the campaign and has been critical of the President in the past particularly when discussing issues that revolve around race.

Earlier this year, George W. Bush voiced his displeasure about both the political climate and some of the President's policies when peppered with questions about 's controversial actions on immigration and his targeted travel ban.

"I don't like the racism, and I don't like the name-calling, and I don't like the people feeling alienated," Bush told People Magazine. "Nobody likes that."

He also offered some muted criticism for in February during a wide-ranging interview on

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