The episode, Bush said, “undermines the rule of law and the ability to express oneself in a peaceful manner in the public square.”
“It was an expression that was not peaceful,” he said.
“I am shocked by the careless behavior of some political leaders since the election and the lack of respect shown today for our institutions, our traditions and law and order,” he said. “The violent attack on the Capitol – and the dissolution of a constitutionally mandated meeting of Congress – was carried out by those whose passions have been incited by lies and false hopes.”
Of the more than 300 people arrested on charges stemming from the Capitol riot, the assault cases are among the most serious, killing five people and injuring more than 100 law enforcement officers, including a US Capitol police officer.
When asked directly during the interview whether the election was stolen, Bush replied: “No.”
The former president has largely been out of politics since he stepped down in January 2009. He was an occasional presence on the campaign trail in 2016, when his brother – former Florida Governor Jeb Bush – was the then candidate Donald Trump and others in the Republican presidential primary.
In 2017, Bush gave a speech in New York condemning bigotry and white supremacy while supporting counter-run policies for those supported by Trump.
“Our identity as a nation, unlike other nations, is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood…. It means that people of every race, religion, ethnicity can be wholly and equally American. Are, ”he said during the remarks. At the George W. Bush Institute in New York City. “This means that bigotry and white supremacy are, in any form, blasphemy against the American creed.”
He said that “there seems to be greatness,” although he did not explain why.