George Christensen Denies “Directly” Comparing Premiers To Hitler And Stalin
In a supremely weird speech on Wednesday, Christensen accused the premiers of being "drunk on power" and trying to set up "medical apartheid".
Nationals MP George Christensen has been forced to clarify bizarre comments he made on Wednesday, denying claims that he compared state premiers to dictators like Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and Hitler. But that’s actually not the truth, George.
In a personal explanation given in Parliament on Thursday, Christensen denied “directly” comparing state premiers to dictators — note the specific wording of his denial.
“[I refer to] reports and claims that I directly compared state premiers to Stalin, Mao, Hitler and Pol Pot. I wish to inform the House I did not,” he asserted. “I said the path they’re on was troubling. If there is concern over any misrepresentation that I did say that, then that’s regrettable.
“Further, there’s been false reports in the Senate, on social media and elsewhere that I called for, and/or incited violence. I did no such thing. Never did. Never would. I abhor violence. Thank you very much, Mr Speaker.”
However, this contradicts the comments Christensen made in a lengthy, 90-minute speech on Wednesday.
“The totalitarian regimes responsible for the most heinous atrocities in the 20th century — think Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Pol Pot — didn’t get there overnight. They used fear to control. They excluded the dirty people, softly at first. They justified the exclusion,” he said. “They moved to harder exclusions and eventually eliminated people either socially or physically.
“In 21st century Australia state premiers are racing down that familiar path, trying to out-tyrant each other, drunk on power, setting up their own biosecurity police states complete with medical apartheid.
While he didn’t specifically accuse any state premiers of being dictators, this isn’t a hard conclusion to draw after what he said.
“Sadly, we have enabled it, refusing to rein them in and, worse, supplying the Australian Immunisation Register data that underpins this medical apartheid. Fear is a justification of choice for coercion and control, with non-vaccinated Australians increasingly demonised, ostracised and socially eradicated.”
While Christensen doesn’t explicitly accuse any of the state premiers, directly, of being dictators in this speech, but he goes on to talk about Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, so it’s not that far of a stretch, really.
“In Queensland, the premier tweeted that people not vaccinated raise red flags — not just one, but 22 of them,” he said. “In the media politicians and health bureaucrats all claim COVID-19 is now a pandemic of the unvaccinated, but there is no justification for such demonisation. In a German study, 55 percent of symptomatic patients over 60 were fully vaccinated. Gibraltar, where all 34,000 residents are fully vaccinated, is recording 60 new cases a day.
“The totalitarian path we are unquestionably on has never ended well. The solution is a rediscovery of human dignity, along with — and I don’t say this lightly — civil disobedience.”