Sam Newman Cops Major Backlash After Mocking NZ PM Jacinda Ardern
"How grating is your very existence?"
At a time when the world is praising New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's poise, compassion and flawless leadership skills in the wake of tragedy - Sam Newman is noticing her accent.
The former AFL star has been slammed by social media users after he made a derogatory comment on Twitter about Ardern:
The comment comes after Ardern announced that she would only speak of those who were lost in the Christchurch terror attacks, rather than focus on the shooter:
“He sought many things from his act of terror but one was notoriety, that is why you will never hear me mention his name.
“He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless.
“He may have sought notoriety but we, in New Zealand, will give nothing — not even his name.”
Newman's response has not been received well, with one Twitter user suggesting he just "retire in peace":
The 73-year-old responded to the overwhelming number of negative reactions (over 1,700), but not to apologise:
In the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attacks in which 50 people were killed when a gunman opened fire inside two mosques last Friday, Ardern has shown the world that she is a true leader.
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