Ben Shephard, 45, and Kate Garraway, 53, were joined by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, 50, on Good Morning Britain to discuss numerous matters. One such headline they spoke about were the scenes from America where supporters of President Donald Trump, 74, stormed the Capitol on Wednesday after the leader of the United States falsely claimed the election ballots had not been counted properly. Speaking to the SNP politician, the journalist explained they were asking her for her opinion as a “world leader,” which left ITV viewers rather irate.
Introducing their guest, Garraway said: “Nicola Sturgeon is among world leaders who have condemned what she called the ‘utterly horrifying scenes in America’ where rioters stormed the Capitol in Washington.”
Shephard added: “The First Minister said, ’shame on those who have incited democracy’, and she joins us now.”
The presenter welcomed Ms Sturgeon to the show as she spoke with the team from her home in Glasgow.
Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: “Sturgeon world leader? Err, no Ben! Stick to game shows it’s what you do best #GMB.”
Another added: “Sturgeon is not a world leader! She’s the leader of a big council at best, and she’s bad at that! #GMB.”
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Whilst a third commented: “Why is a town councillor on #GMB talking about Trump? Incredible what an expert Nicola Sturgeon is on anything but what she’s actually supposed to be governing.”
A fourth posted: “@NicolaSturgeon preaching about not accepting a result is like a Tramp slagging your shoes! And for the record, she’s not a ‘world leader’.
“Boris is her boss! Ask her about her third world constituency, see if she could find it on a map. @benshephard @kategarraway #GMB,” they continued.
Not everyone was so furious as a fifth remarked: “#GMB just called Nicola Sturgeon a world leader… admitting it at last #IndyScotland21.”
Speaking about the protests themselves, the First Minister opined: “On one level, what happened last night and what we witnessed is not that surprising.
“In some sense, Donald Trump’s presidency has been moving towards this moment almost from the moment it started.
“But that doesn’t make it any less shocking. What we witnessed wasn’t just horrible breaches of law and order and people taking over the seat of democracy.
“But we actually witnessed the President of the United States inciting insurrection in his own country,” she continued.
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Sturgeon added: “I think for many people, it will take some time to get our heads around this. Thankfully, there is only a matter of days his presidency left.
“We heard [President Elect] Joe Biden remind us what a real leader, a democratic leader should sound like but this has been a dark period in America’s history.
“There’s no doubt about it and I imagine a lot of people in that country and around the world are looking forward to it coming to an end.
“But, clearly, there are deep-seeded divides there that the new administration have to tackle,” the First Minister continued.
Following the protests which took place overnight, the Congress has certified Biden, 78, as the next President of the United States.
Speaking of the scenes in Washington, the new leader of the Free World posted on Twitter: “Let me be very clear: the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not represent who we are.
“What we are seeing is a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness. This is not dissent, it’s disorder. It borders on sedition, and it must end. Now.”
Four people were killed as a result of the protests in the Senate, with one woman shot dead.
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