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Outrage after Acting PM’s comments on US Capitol riots

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<p>There are calls for Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack to apologise after he compared the US Capitol riots to Black Lives Matter protests.</p>

There are calls for Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack to apologise after he compared the US Capitol riots to Black Lives Matter protests.

The Nationals leader said there were events occurring in the US that were "very, very unsavoury".

"The events at the Capitol Hill that we've seen in recent days, similar to those race riots that we saw around the country last year," he said.

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The Black Lives Matter protests were prompted by the deaths of several Black men at police hands.

"I abhor any violence, violence of any form," Mr McCormack said.

"The Black Lives Matter protests cost 19 lives, those lives matter. All lives matter."

Shadow Health Minister Chris Bowen said the comments were "beyond disgusting".

Labor has demanded an apology from Mr McCormack – along with action to clamp down on MPs' online claims.

Rioters outside the US Capitol building.

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Hughes Liberal MP Craig Kelly recently labelled mask-wearing for children as child abuse.

"Craig Kelly has engaged in a systemic and deliberate attempt to undermine our medical health professionals," Mr Bowen said.

But Mr McCormack did not condemn Mr Kelly's remarks, saying "facts sometimes are contentious".

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/michael-mccormack-black-lives-matter-comparison-to-us-capitol-riots-spark-outrage/e12fc6b7-b3e0-429e-b70f-089770364f07

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