Former presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush speak out after Trump comments

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)
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Former President George H.W. Bush, left, applauds with Laura Bush and former President George W. Bush.

Former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush issued a rare joint statement Wednesday to condemn racism in the wake of President Trump’s reversal on the violence in Charlottesville.

“America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms,” the two Republicans said in the statement posted by a George H.W. Bush spokesman on Wednesday.

“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.”


The statement did not mention Trump by name.

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.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.