Scott Morrison Accuses Labor Of Racism, Immediately Greets A Korean Woman In Mandarin
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has come under fire on social media after greeting a Korean-Australian voter in Mandarin.
Morrison was in western Sydney for the third day of his election campaign, and used the opportunity to accuse his opponents of racism, linking deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek’s criticism of the Indian-owned Adani coal mine with comments made by former state Labor leader Michael Daley, who was caught on camera claiming that Asian immigrants were “taking the jobs” of young Australians.
“I think there’s form here from the Labor Party, particularly here in NSW,” said Morrison. “At the recent state election, we had Michael Daley saying Asians will take your jobs. Now we’ve got Tanya Plibersek, who would be deputy prime minister of the country, saying that Indian businesses can’t create jobs.”
But whatever high ground Morrison was hoping to gain was immediately given up when he greeted a woman with a cheery “ni hao”, only for her to explain that she’s Korean, not Chinese.
It was not great.
.@ScottMorrisonMP has had his first street walk of his campaign in the inner west Sydney suburb of Strathfield, greeting locals and visiting a restaurant.@annelisenews: There was a bit of confusion about what kind of restaurant he was in.
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) April 13, 2019
It didn’t take long for the news of Morrison’s gaffe to spread to Twitter.
gonna start accosting white guys in the street with a big ole guten tag til they learn their lesson https://t.co/sPRWRwQceD
— Alex Lee (@alex_c_lee) April 13, 2019
My first policy if elected will be mandatory “Which kind of Asian are they?” training for Scott Morrison. https://t.co/LfpOZYOScy
— michael hing (@hingers) April 13, 2019
SCOTT MORRISON SAYING ‘NI HAO’ IN STRATHFIELD TO A KOREAN WOMAN I CANNOTTTTTT
You KNOW he is just one of those people considers Honey Chicken to be an ‘exotic dish’
— 다니엘 🏳️🌈💚 (@hecatastrophic) April 13, 2019
— She Who Must Not Be Named (@claremaree) April 13, 2019
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