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FRIDAY JANUARY 8 2021 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Extremists turn Washington protest into a horror attack fuelled by groundless claims of fraud in 2020 election Scenes from the riots in Washington DC where protesters stormed the Capitol building, fighting against the ratification of the 2020 election loss of US President Donald Trump (inset top right) PRIME Minister Scott Morrison has condemned the violent riots on the US Congress by supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump, describing them as terribly distressing. Australian political leaders past and present have called for a peaceful transfer of power in the US, after supporters of Mr Trump stormed the US Capitol. The violent riots meant a proceeding to rubberstamp Joe Bidens election victory was temporarily suspended, in scenes the Prime Minister described as heartbreaking. The riots and protests weve seen in Washington DC have been terribly distressing. Theyre very concerning, Mr Morrison told reporters in Canberra. Im pleased the Senate has been able to recommence their proceedings. We hope for a peaceful and stable transition of government to the new administration elected by the American people. This is a difficult time for the United States, clearly. Theyre a great friend of Australia and theyre one of the worlds greatest democracies. However, Mr Morrison stopped short of condemning the outgoing President, who has falsely claimed the November election was marred by widespread voter fraud. When asked whether President Trump held some responsibility for undermining democracy and inciting some of the chaotic scenes, Mr Morrison would only say: Im not going to offer any more comment than the one Ive already made on this issue. The Prime Minister said he would not offer a running commentary on foreign leaders. Mr Morrison also refused to criticise controversial Coalition backbencher George Christensen, who has consistently parroted Mr Trumps unsubstantiated claim. Australias a free country. Theres such a thing as freedom of speech in this country, and that will continue, he said. Labor leader Anthony Albanese went further in his criticisms, directly accusing President Trump of stoking the violence and describing Thursdays events as an effective insurrection. There is no doubt that both the words and actions of Donald Trump have encouraged this activity. It is a real concern, he said. All those who are supporters of democracy need to speak out in favour of it. Democracy is precious. It shouldnt be taken for granted, it should be defended anywhere in the world. PM condemns shocking violence but fails to call out President FINN MCHUGH THE mental state and behaviour of President Donald Trump has come into sharp focus for his senior colleagues as they mull the option of using a constitutional amendment to get him out of office early. While he has less than two weeks left in the White House, the dramatic storming of the Capitol building following a rally where Mr Trump urged tens of thousands of supporters to march there in protest because the November election had been stolen has reportedly caused great concern among his inner circle. It came as key allies turned on Mr Trump, his social media accounts were frozen and the coup attempt drew condemnation from across the US and the world. Four people died and at least three pipebombs were discovered in the chaos and Washington DC imposed an overnight curfew. Members of cabinet were discussing the option of using Amendment 25 for the first time to try to prise Mr Trump out of office early, according to multiple media reports. It says that if the President becomes unable to perform his duties, he will automatically be replaced by the Vice President with the backing of Congress. Senior Republicans moved quickly to condemn the riots and Mr Trumps role in inciting the attack on the Capitol, with former President George W. Bush saying: this is how election results are disputed in a banana republic. He was joined by former presidents Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton in slamming Mr Trump. Mr Obama called it a moment of great dishonour and shame. And Senator Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, went straight for Mr Trumps throat. What happened here today was an insurrection, incited by the President of the United States, Senator Romney said. Last night US time, the House of Representatives and the Senate both reconvened just hours after they were ordered to shelter in place in their offices and don gas masks as the rioters stormed through the building as though there were no security measures in place. Mr Pence, who as VP is president of the Senate, declared: Lets get back to work, as Congress reconvened to certify Joe Bidens election win. Violence never wins. Freedom wins. SARAH BLAKE Eyes on ditching Trump
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