An Australian politician who was in hot water for reportedly insensitive remarks he made Friday following the deadly mass shootings in New Zealand against two mosques is now effectively in scalding-hot, boiling water, and all thanks to his equally scalding-hot temper.
After white supremacists opened fire at two mosques in the island country Friday, killing 49 Muslim men, women and children, Queensland senator Fraser Anning issued a statement in which he appeared to express empathy with the white supremacist killers.
The statement provoked widespread condemnation and outrage among Anning’s fellow politicians, the Australian media, the international media and even one unnamed 17-year-old teen.
The teen was so outraged by the politician’s remarks that as Anning spoke with reporters at an event in Melbourne on Saturday, the kid approached him from behind and smashed an egg into his head.
Watch, and note the senator’s reaction:
Enraged by the attack, Anning quickly turned around, smacked the kid in the face and then threw a punch. A couple men from his staff then separated the pair and tackled the teen to the ground, where one of the men reportedly held him in a chokehold until the authorities arrived.
“A police spokesman said officers had arrested a 17-year-old man at the scene and later released him pending further inquiries,” The New York Times reported.
It doesn’t appear Anning will face any charges over how he reacted.
Below is a video of the altercation from another angle:
Dovetailing back to Anning’s statement, here’s what it said:
“I am utterly opposed to any form of violence within our community, and I totally condemn the actions of the gunman. However, whilst this kind of violent vigilantism can never be justified, what it highlights is the growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand of the increasing Muslim presence.”
“As always, left-wing politicians and the media will rush to claim that the causes of today’s shootings lie with gun laws or those who hold nationalist views but this is all clichéd nonsense. The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place.”
He concluded his statement by saying that though Muslims were the victims in Friday’s attack, they’re typically the perpetrators — not the victims — of terrorist attacks.
See his full statement below:
I don’t think I have ever seen a statement like this from an elected official after a terrorist attack: pic.twitter.com/83RCLcM7Mg
— Seema (@LATSeema) March 15, 2019
Thanks to the senator’s reaction Saturday, the public is now doubly aggravated with him and now his staff members as well, who’ve been described by some in the media as his “cronies.”
Not only is the public frustrated by how the senator and his staff physically handled the kid, but they’re also angry at what the “cronies” were recorded saying to him.
“You are nothing but a weak human being you p****,” one of Anning’s staff members can be seen in the video below telling the kid.
As of Saturday afternoon, a petition demanding that Fraser be removed from Parliament had 440,000 votes and counting, with more and more people signing up by the second.
“We call on the Australian government to expel this man who blames victims for their own violent deaths, and uses references to genocide to further his hateful agenda. There is no place in Australian government for Neo-Nazis. There is no place for bigotry. There is no place for hate speech,” the petition reads.
Some on the left have reacted to the senator’s rhetoric and behavior by linking him to President Donald Trump and suggesting the duo are two peas in a pod.
“Tucker Carlson is to blame” (@BriannaWu)
“Candace Owens is to blame” (@williamlegate)
“Islam is to blame” (@fraser_anning)
“The online Right is to blame” (@MikeStuchbery_)
And there was I blaming the c*nt with the gun.
— Andrew Doyle (@andrewdoyle_com) March 15, 2019
The tragic irony is that this is exactly what the white supremacist shooters had sought — to sow division and hatred by provoking people into pointing the finger at one another.
The attacker says in his manifesto he explicitly designed his attack to exploit political divisions in the US and ignite global controversy. Our best response can only be to unite instead and deny him the chaos he so desperately craves https://t.co/Au6T0OdSEJ
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) March 15, 2019
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