Former President George W. Bush issues statement congratulating Biden, complimenting Trump

by Peter Heck · Nov 9th, 2020 8:57 am

Last Updated Nov 9th, 2020 at 7:09 pm

Former Republican president George W. Bush, the last president to deal with a protracted dispute over election results, issued a statement Sunday congratulating Joe Biden, whom he called "a good man."

The only living former Republican president said that he had called Biden to offer his personal congratulations, and in so doing became the most prominent Republican to acknowledge Biden's apparent victory.

In his statement, Bush also complimented President Trump for the "extraordinary political achievement" of earning more than 70 million votes. Bush reminded that those Americans who voted for Trump would have "their voices…heard through elected Republicans at every level of government."

The 43rd president encouraged national unity in his statement, reminding Americans, "There is no problem that will not yield to the gathered will of a free people." He also affirmed the president-elect's commitment to a unifying approach to government.

"I offered him the same thing I offered Presidents Trump and Obama," Bush said. "My prayers for his success, and my pledge to help in any way I can."

Bush joined Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney as the only prominent Republican leaders who have publicly congratulated Biden. Others are waiting for the litigation over potential fraudulent votes to conclude.

Read Bush's full statement here.


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