US Election: Jacinda Ardern condemns United States Capitol violence

Donald Trump, Jacinda Ardern, and Joe Biden.
Donald Trump, Jacinda Ardern, and Joe Biden. Photo credit: Getty

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called the chaos in the US "wrong" after President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the United States' Capitol building in a baseless attempt to help him overturn the November election result.

Trump supporters on Thursday (NZ time) burst into the halls of Congress as Trump's Republican allies aired their objections to the 2020 presidential election won by President-elect Joe Biden.

Biden, who takes office on January 20, called it "an insurrection" for demonstrators to storm the Capitol, smash windows, occupy offices, invade the halls of Congress and threaten the safety of duly elected officials.

"The world is watching, and like so many other Americans I am genuinely shocked and saddened that our nation - so long the beacon of light and hope of democracy - has come to such a dark moment," Biden said in a televised speech.

Trump has not been seen since the chaos erupted, other than in a short speech posted on social media making further unfounded claims of election fraud.

He told supporters: "We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it - especially the other side. 

"But you have to go home now. We have to have peace," said Trump.

Vice President Mike Pence condemned Trump's violent supporters. He also called on the Senate to "get back to work".

"You did not win. Violence never wins," Pence said of the gang of people who responded to Trump's call to protest his loss in November's presidential election. 

On Thursday afternoon, Ardern joined numerous world leaders expressing shock at the violent protests.

"Like so many others, I’ve been watching what’s happening in the United States. I share the sentiment of friends in the US - what is happening is wrong," she said in a statement.

"Our thoughts are with everyone who is as devastated as we are by the events of today. I have no doubt democracy will prevail."

Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison shared the same sentiment.

"We condemn these acts of violence and look forward to a peaceful transfer of Government to the newly elected administration in the great American democratic tradition," he wrote on social media.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johson called for the violence to stop.

"The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power."

Reuters / Newshub.