Former Presidents Talk About The National Tragedy

Former Presidents Talk About The National Tragedy


Quincee Collier, Writer

Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama all had something to say about the breach of the Capitol building. All of their statements can be found on Twitter.

Jimmy Carter, U.S. president from 1997- 81, said that he and his wife, the former first lady, were troubled by the violence that happened on January 6. He went on to say, “ This is a national tragedy and is not who we are as a nation.” He wants to unite as a nation to heal and find a peaceful resolution.

Bill Clinton urged us to reject today’s violence and move forward. He believes America has great people in it, even with all that has happened. He said, “The assault was fueled by more than 4 years of poison politics, spreading deliberate misinformation, showing distrust in our system, and pitting Americans against one another.”

George W. Bush and his wife watched the scene play out in bewilderment. He expressed his feelings and said, “ It is a sickening and heartbreaking sight.” He has become appalled by the behavior of political leaders. “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 added.

Barack Obama said what we have all thought: the violence at the Capitol has become history. He referred to President Trump, calling him “ … a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election.” He went on to say that this violence was an, “amount of great dishonor and shame for our nation.”