DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Former U.S. President and Dallas resident George W. Bush reacted to the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, as Congress was set to certify after debating the electoral college vote for President-elect Joe Biden.

Mr. Bush said he and former First Lady Laura Bush have been watching the “mayhem unfolding” and said “this is how election results are disputed in a banana republic – not our democratic republic.”

Mr. Bush said the violent assault on the Capitol “was undertaken by people whose passions have been inflamed by falsehoods and false hope.”

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“Laura and I are watching the scenes of mayhem unfolding at the seat of our Nation’s government in disbelief and dismay. It is a sickening and heartbreaking sight. This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic – not our democratic republic. I am appalled by the reckless behavior of some political leaders since the election and by the lack of respect shown today for our institutions, our traditions, and our law enforcement. 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. Insurrection could do grave damage to our Nation and reputation. In the United States of America, it is the fundamental responsibility of every patriotic citizen to support the rule of law. To those who are disappointed in the results of the election: Our country is more important than the politics of the moment. Let the officials elected by the people fulfill their duties and represent our voices in peace and safety. May God continue to bless the United States of America.”

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