Saturday, January 16

Malcolm Turnbull lashes out at Donald Trump over Capitol riots


Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has whipped Donald trump on the Capitol mutiny, labeling it “an assault on democracy by the president.”

Labeling what happened that day “gruesome” and “horror”, Turnbull said it was an “inconceivable spectacle of a president inciting such an attack.”

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull lashed out at Donald Trump for the unrest on Capitol Hill. (9News)
And while Turnbull personally condemned Trump, the interim prime minister Michael McCormack No.

“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.”

The former prime minister also scoffed at McCormack’s comparisons between the United States riots and the Black lives matter protests.

“It’s completely different, this was an insurrection,” Turnbull told 9News.

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull lashed out at Donald Trump for the unrest on Capitol Hill. (9News)
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull lashed out at Donald Trump for the unrest on Capitol Hill. (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.

Christensen has posted claims of fraudulent elections in the US and has questioned health. tips on face masks, while Craig Kelly has repeatedly shared posts about unproven treatments for coronavirus, even labeling a mask mandate “child abuse.”
Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack described Conservative Nationals MP George Christensen as
Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack described Conservative Nationals MP George Christensen as “a free spirit.” (Today)
Supporters of President Donald Trump's riots scale the west wall of the United States Capitol in Washington.
Supporters of President Donald Trump’s riots scale the west wall of the United States Capitol in Washington. (AP)

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. (Nine / Today)

Medical director Professor Paul Kelly cautioned that people should be careful who they listen to online.

Initially, Professor Kelly would not be drawn on Craig Kelly Facebook posts but he said, “he is not related, I can absolutely guarantee it.”

“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.”

Capitol fenced off after a day of chaos

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.”


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