Speaking on Today, Turnbull said Trump had a lot to answer for.
“It was prompted by the president. This has been building up for a while. Trump, supported by his facilitators in the Republican Party and the right-wing media, particularly Murdoch, has been attacking democracy and the rule of law in America. for years, “Turnbull said.
“Leaders have an obligation to unite their communities, their countries. Trump, on the other hand, has sought to exacerbate and exploit divisions.
“He tried to turn Americans against each other to advance their own political interests, and in doing so, he has been supported by powerful voices in politics and in the media.
And while Trump, I have no doubt, will be leaving on January 20, if not before, it is important that we hold accountable the people who allowed him to do the damage he has done to America and the cause of democracy. and freedom throughout the world. “
Bill Shorten echoed those sentiments, saying that Trump “does not respect the truth or the rule of law.
“It was unfathomable. But it is not unexpected,” Shorten said.
“For the past two months, Donald Trump has been encouraging these people, this mob, to riot, but in fact, it is part of his last four years as president where he and his supporters have basically been involved in an assault. to the rule of law and American democracy.
“I think a lot of people around the world are shocked and hold Trump accountable. He was the one who, for two months, told American citizens and his supporters that they stole the election. They didn’t.”
Trump’s actions have been condemned by leaders around the world, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison stopped short of criticizing Trump for sending mixed messages when the president asked his followers to leave the Capitol.
Turnbull said Morrison should have been tougher on the US president.
“I think it should have been stronger,” Turnbull told Today.
“I think Scott really should have condemned Trump’s actions. I see Boris Johnson in the UK has. I mean, at some point, you have to call things by their names.”
“I know from experience that, as the Australian Prime Minister, you are always reluctant to get involved or comment on political issues in other countries.
“But this was different. It was not a question of US domestic politics. It was about the president of the United States inciting a mob, many of whom were armed, to attack and besiege the country’s Parliament.”
“This is an amazing thing. It is insurrection and sedition.”
Shorten agreed with Turnbull that the prime minister’s response was “weak and tepid.”
“I think we have to say that. You are doing your allies no favors simply by ignoring the real problem. The real problem here is that the United States is the democracy that we are allied to, on which our security relationship resides,” he said . said.