Controversial Australian senator, Fraser Anning, has been on the receiving end of a public tirade this week after his statements blaming immigration for the massacre of fifty people at mosques in Christchurch on Friday.
The public fury was embodied in a 17-year old boy’s act of attending a political meeting of Mr Anning’s supporters, and egging the Senator from behind.
In the wake of the egg tragedy, Senator Anning has released another one of his trademark statements. However, instead of blaming the now-martyred Egg Boy, Senator Anning blamed himself for the attack.
‘If I hadn’t have been at that meeting, the boy wouldn’t have had anyone to egg,’ Anning explained.
‘I should have had the hindsight to know that being there would have made Egg Boy offended and angry. He was well within his rights to egg me.’
The Senator went on. ‘I detest all acts of violence, obviously. However when you look at this one you’ve got to see that it’s really just my silly fault for thinking I could be safe at own political meeting where I was meeting with likeminded people celebrating our common beliefs.’
Senator Anning says that fact the he himself was fleeing persecution did not make his mistake any more justifiable.
‘Yes, I was at the meeting to escape the prejudice I had endured at the hands of the news media, millennials, politicians on both sides of the aisle, and people with consciences. But the fact that I fled in the first place really makes it my bad.’
Senator Anning said he would not resign.
‘I have a mandate to serve earned from those who elected me. All 19 of them are meeting me for a candlelight vigil later tonight.’
More to come.