Andrew Gee has issued a statement following the criticism directed at his party leader and acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack following his comments likening the Capitol riots with the Black Lives Matter rallies.
The Nationals leader used the inflammatory "all lives matter" line after copping criticism for comparing the Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol to racial injustice protesters.
"I appreciate there are a lot of people out there who are being a bit bleeding heart about this and who are confecting outrage," Mr McCormack told reporters in Queensland on Tuesday.
"They should know those lives matter too. All lives matter. People shouldn't have to go to a protest and lose their life."
Mr McCormack said he abhorred violence in any form but refused to condemn President Donald Trump for inciting last week's riot.
On Thursday, president Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives by a final vote of 232-197, over his role in inciting the deadly insurrection on the US Capitol last week.
"All lives matter" is used as a counter-argument to Black Lives Matter by Pauline Hanson and other far-right figures around the world.
After being asked by the CWD whether he agreed with the statements made by the acting PM, Mr Gee, Member for Calare and Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education, said they had different views on the matter.
"Much has been said in Australia and around the world about recent events in the US," he said.
"My own opinion is that the invasion of the US Capitol Building was both disgraceful and appalling and had tragic consequences.
"While lawlessness in all its forms must be condemned and never condoned, the Black Lives Matter protests relate to a totally separate and serious social issue.
"What happened at the Capitol Building was a shocking assault on democracy.
"Our freedoms should be cherished and I hope we never see such an episode or witness such scenes again."
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