Labeling what happened that day “gruesome” and “horror”, Turnbull said it was an “inconceivable spectacle of a president inciting such an attack.”
“I don’t want to condemn Donald Trump. For the love of God,” McCormack told reporters yesterday in Townsville.
Speaking to 9News today, Turnbull said: “Almost no one with credibility is not condemning Donald Trump for his conduct.”
“It’s completely different, this was an insurrection,” Turnbull told 9News.
McCormack has come under fire from critics and the Labor Party accused him of being “beyond disgusting” after making the comparison between the two events.
Turnbull said “perhaps distance obscures clarity and vision” of a man he described as a former colleague and friend.
The former prime minister held back in the attacks on two former political enemies: George Christensen and Craig Kelly, accusing them both of spreading disinformation, claims both MPs have denied.
The former prime minister said that right-wing MPs are “difficult characters, they are not team players, they have always been interested only in promoting their own agenda and their own profile.”
And he urged the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health to address what they were spreading online.
“The most important thing is that the government and government ministers publicly deny what they are saying,” he told 9News.
“The Prime Minister and the Minister of Health … have to say they are completely wrong, ignore them.”
Medical director Professor Paul Kelly cautioned that people should be careful who they listen to online.
“You need to decide what is appropriate for a member of parliament to comment,” he said.
“I’m not going to talk about this any more because it just gives prominence to views that I don’t agree with and that don’t have a scientific basis.”
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After days of defending Craig Kelly and George Christensen under “free speech,” the interim prime minister said, “Paul Kelly is the Kelly to listen to.”