Jenna Bush Hager became emotional reflecting on Wednesday’s riots at the US Capitol building.
Bush Hager, the 39-year-old daughter of former President George W. Bush, remembered honoring her paternal grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush, there when he died in 2018.
“I kissed my grandfather goodbye in that rotunda,” she said on Thursday’s episode of the “Today” show. “I have felt the majesty of our country in those walls and nobody can take that from any of us.”
Bush Hager said through tears that many people, including her, have grieving hearts because the breach of the Capitol by many President Trump supporters — leaving one woman dead — was “not our America.”
“This is not the America that you know,” she told her co-host Hoda Kotb. “This is not the America that I know. It is not the America we want our kids to know. So that was hard.”
Jenna Bush Hager on “Today”NBC
Bush Hager encouraged those who may be feeling helpless to share “kindness, and smiles, and love,” adding, “We can take back what is our country that we all love so very, very much. And you know, I just — I have optimism.”
On Wednesday, her father issued his own statement, condemning the “mayhem” that erupted as protesters attempted to disrupt Congress certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
Jenna Bush Hager and former President George H.W. Bush in 2004FilmMagic
“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 former president said. “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.”