Democracy should be robust but it certainly shouldn’t be violent: Christopher Pyne
A senior Australian Minister on Thursday called Donald Trumpâ€™s campaign for the U.S. presidency â€œterrifyingâ€ and warned it risked casting the Republican Party into the wilderness if he wins nomination.
Australian government Ministers rarely make critical comments about elections in other countries, especially stalwart allies like the United States, which Australia relies on heavily for military backing in the Asia-Pacific.
â€˜Pall over democracyâ€™
Australian Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, a Cabinet member of the ruling conservative Liberal-National coalition, criticised the violence at recent Trump rallies and said that his rise was casting a pall over American democracy.
â€œNow, democracy should be robust but it certainly shouldn’t be violent,â€ Mr. Pyne said in an interview on Australiaâ€™s Channel Seven television network.
Real problem for U.S.
â€œAnd I think the Donald Trump phenomenon is a real problem for the United States, making their democracy look kind of weird,â€ he said.
The Republican frontrunner warned on Wednesday of riots if he was denied the partyâ€™s presidential nomination, only days after his supporters and protesters clashed at a rally for the Republican in Chicago that was later scrapped.
Republican Party leaders are appalled at Mr. Trumpâ€™s incendiary rhetoric and reject policies such as his vow to deport 11 million illegal immigrants, temporarily ban Muslims from the United States and build a wall along the Mexican border.
The party tried to play down Mr. Trumpâ€™s riot comments, which have raised the temperature even more in a heated White House race.