Carrie Bickmore rips into ScoMo over 'weak' interview move with Jenny
Carrie Bickmore has slammed Prime Minister Scott Morrison for allowing his wife Jenny to take 'complete responsibility' for his mistakes, including his infamous trip to Hawaii during the horror bushfires in 2019.
The Project hosts were chatting about ScoMo's 60 Minutes interview where his wife Jenny sat beside him and told Karl Stefanovic she thought they were making the "right decision" to take their children to Hawaii as bushfires burned out of control at home.
"Did we make the right decision? I thought I was making the right decision for my kids. I obviously was wrong," Jenny said during the interview as ScoMo simply smiled and watched on.
Carrie labelled the PM as "weak" for allowing Jenny to take so much of the blame.
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"She, and again, I don't know if it's part of the edit, but Jenny had to take the complete responsibility for the Hawaii situation," Carrie told her co-hosts. "She takes responsibility as he sat there. I think the whole thing made him look so weak."
She added that it looked like it was a "push" to have Jenny address all of ScoMo's failures.
"I felt like he sat there and smiled the whole time while his wife who is not the prime minister had to answer to all the mistakes," she said.
"It's a simplistic way to deal with what is perceived as Scott Morrison having a problem with women," Steve Price agreed.
Waleed Aly added that the criticism of the Hawaii trip wasn't on Jenny, but on Scott.
"Even if the holiday was her idea, it was still ultimately his idea to go along," he said.
While Jenny told Karl she wished the scandal "never happened", she continued to defend the decision to go overseas, all while the PM sat quietly, saying nothing.
"We did disappoint. Did we make the right decision? I thought I was making the right decision for my kids," Jenny said during the interview. I obviously was wrong. Yes, we were over there seeing it and we were like... we really need to get home.
"I wish that had never happened. But I can't change it."
The Morrison family was forced to cut the trip short and return home as the bushfires continued.
Jenny pointed out that the spotlight on her husband is so much more than it has been on previous PMs.
"It's 24/7," she said. "Can you imagine back in the day when Bob Hawke was prime minister and he had a phone and a fax machine.
"I think everyone worked hard, but I think then it was OK to have a holiday and things like that, and it doesn't seem that way now.
"People want you to be seen to be doing something all the time."
When Karl joked that the family could go to Hawaii again if Scott loses the election, Jenny responded, "Too soon, Karl. Too soon," as ScoMo agreed.
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