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U.S. President George W. Bush, reacts, after shoes were thrown at him, by a correspondent, during a joint press conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, not seen, in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008. On an Iraq trip shrouded in secrecy and marred by dissent, President George W. Bush on Sunday hailed progress in the war that defines his presidency and got a size-10 reminder of his unpopularity when a man hurled two shoes at him during a news conference. (AP Photo/ Thaier al-Sudani, Pool)

Presidents Bush say America must reject 'hatred in all forms'


Former President George H.W. Bush and his son, former President George W. Bush issued a joint statement on Wednesday condemning the violent alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The former presidents urged Americans to reject racial bigotry and anti-Semitism in the country.

"America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms," the pair said.

"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 and endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights," the former presidents said. "We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country."

Their statement comes days after an alt-right group protest on Saturday turned deadly in Charlottesville,Virginia.

A driver intentionally plowed into a group of counter-protesters at the rally, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring several others.

Former President Obama tweeted earlier in response to the violent white nationalist rally.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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