Please Enjoy Pauline Hanson Confusing The NRMA With The NRA In A Bizarre Press Conference
The NRMA provides roadside assistance in NSW and the ACT.
All week, Australia has been waiting for Pauline Hanson to comment on the explosive Al Jazeera investigation that revealed that members of One Nation had been seeking donations from the American National Rifle Association, or NRA. Today, Hanson finally emerged to defend herself, and promptly disavowed all connections with the group. Or she would have, anyway, if she hadn’t accidentally called them the NRMA instead.
The NRMA, if you’re unaware, is the humble organisation that provides car insurance and roadside assistance in New South Wales and the ACT. An organisation Hanson could probably use right now, after that car crash of a press conference.
is nrma seeking to overthrow the government
— Aus Gov Just Googled (@GovGoogles) March 28, 2019
About time Pauline disavowed the NRMA
— James Colley (@JamColley) March 28, 2019
NRMA was probably right, to be fair. This press conference was always going to be a car crash.
— Josh Taylor (@joshgnosis) March 28, 2019
“Let me make it very clear to the Australian people, I have never sought donations, or political guidance, from the NRMA,” Hanson said, just one minute into the conference. She then went on to call Jacinda Ardern “Jacinda Ahern”, and personally congratulated Andrew Bolt on his excellent journalism, which can’t possibly be right.
And while Hanson eventually worked out that she was meant to be disavowing ties with the NRA, not the NRMA, she refused to apologise or acknowledge that her party had done anything wrong. Instead, she continued to assert that in every video of her party members, “the footage has been heavily edited, therefore the comments appear have been taken completely out of context”.
The footage she’s referring to appears to show members of her party asking the NRA for political donations, and receiving advice from the NRA about how to respond to gun control advocates after mass shootings. A separate video also appears to show Hanson herself questioning Australia’s deadly Port Arthur massacre. Hanson has called for Al Jazeera to release the full, unedited footage.
Pauline Hanson presser highlights:
– "the Al Jazeera"
– Jacinda Ahern
– thanks Andrew Bolt, Kyle Sandilands, 'Dubbo' from Townsville radio
– says she is "ountable" to the public
– walks away with no questions pic.twitter.com/e9ByUICcYe
— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) March 28, 2019
In short, One Nation will not be making any changes as a result of the videos: Pauline Hanson insists that the comments never took place, and says that all those involved will remain involved with the party. The only thing that’s new, really, is One Nation’s sudden and unexplained aversion to car insurance.
Don’t take our word for it, though — you can hear Pauline Hanson personally disavowing the NRMA in the video below (skip to 1:15, if you’re impatient).
.@PaulineHansonOz: Media across Australia have been blinded by their hate and bias towards One Nation and myself, and rushed to report on heavily edited footage … Comments aired have been taken completely out of context.
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) March 28, 2019
The @nrma social media manager suddenly wondering WTUF???
— Greg Jericho (@GrogsGamut) March 28, 2019